Our Team

With over 25 years of combined military, government, business, and non-profit experience our team has unique skills and abilities to assist in the development and execution of your best practice.  

James D. Rodriguez, M.A.
Founder and Principal

As the founder, Mr. James Rodriguez serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Rodriguez Group. 

In 2014 Mr. Rodriguez was appointed by the President of the United States as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy (WCP), Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this role, Mr. Rodriguez served as the principal advisor on the coordination of recovery, rehabilitation, reintegration and employment for wounded, ill, and injured Service members across the military departments.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rodriguez was the Government Relations Director for Veteran and Wounded Warrior programs and held a position as the Director of military recruitment at BAE Systems Inc. In that capacity, he was the corporate liaison for the White House Joining Forces Initiative, to senior military leaders, government officials, and nonprofit organizations, increasing the footprint of our Nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans across all spectrums of support and employment.

Mr. Rodriguez served twenty-one years in the United States Marine Corps in numerous leadership positions and deployed to numerous countries across the globe.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland, University College and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Commerce and Policy from the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College within The Department of Government and Politics.

Casey R. Rodriguez

Marketing and Media

Ms. Rodriguez has spent most of her life supporting Veterans and wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families. She has worked as an intern with the Semper Fi Fund within the marketing and communications team where she wrote articles highlighting the accomplishments of injured and ill service members as they competed in adaptive sports as part of their recovery and rehabilitation process. And, she has previously volunteered with the Department of Defense Warrior Games.  Ms. Rodriguez has also worked as the Center for Education and Workforce intern at the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where she strengthened her skills in marketing and public relations while doing national advocacy.

While in school, she served within the public relations team and later became the public relations team officer of Aggie Classics, a woman’s leadership group at Texas A&M.

 

Ms. Rodriguez graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double minor in communication and sports management in the Spring of 2018.   

Vanessa L. Rodriguez
Co-Founder and Principal

As co-founder, Mrs. Vanessa Rodriguez serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Financial Officer of The Rodriguez Group.

 With over 20 years of experience working on special projects that impact active duty service members, Veterans, National Guardsmen and Reservists and their families worldwide, she possesses a keen insight into developing and instituting veteran support programs both in the corporate sector and non-profit community. She has also developed a strategic planning process for implementing a formalized grant process with a focus on the wounded, ill, and injured service members designed to enhance their transition out of active duty and reintegration into the civilian community.

 

Mrs. Rodriguez has a lifetime of experience as an active duty Marine, a career military spouse, and as a strong advocate for Veteran and wounded, ill, and injured service member employment and support programs.   

 

Mrs. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College. 

Courtney J. Rodriguez

Public Relations

Ms. Rodriguez has worked very closely with Veterans and wounded, injured and ill service members and their families since 2008 to include serving as an intern with Wounded Warrior Project.  She has also supported the Department of Defense Warrior Games and has previously supported the Army trials as a former employee of the American Red Cross in Austin, Texas.  She serves as a volunteer with the US Special Olympics at Texas Tech University and was a grant writer for the Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock, Texas. She now currently works for Texas Tech University as the Development and Scholarships coordinator of the college of media and communications. 

 

Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in sports management with a minor in English from Texas Tech University.