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Raysa S. Rodriguez

Director of Advocacy

Raysa joins StudentsFirstNY from the United Way of New York City, where she served as Associate Vice President of Education, overseeing United Way’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in New York City. Previously, Raysa served as Senior Policy Advisor for Children and Family Services in the Office of the Mayor, where she coordinated the expansion of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program, co-led the Mayoral Early Care and Education Policy Steering Committee, and managed the development and implementation of Opportunity NYC, a pilot poverty reduction program.

Raysa earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She began her career in public service as a New York City public school teacher at P.S. 396 in the Bronx, and then joined the Citizens Committee for Children of New York as a policy associate for child welfare. A New York City public school graduate and parent, Raysa and her family reside in Queens.