The Policy Gap dismantles affordability crises across the United States by bridging the gap between local public officials and the communities they serve. We partner with policymakers to design and champion bold, actionable solutions while placing impacted communities front and center in every policy in any city. Our work tackles a large range of affordability crises including affordable housing, healthcare, education, workforce, and other opportunities for historically disinvested communities.
A nationally-esteemed consulting firm based in Los Angeles, The Policy Gap is owned and operated by life-long advocates for socially just public policy reform, development, and implementation.
The Policy Gap takes a grassroots approach by providing one-on-one consulting to assist with co-governing practices, in addition to hands-on policy design to ensure local officials are adopting a “people-first” approach that makes a lasting impact.
Growing up in El Paso, TX, Rodolfo Rodríguez grew up in a deeply impoverished neighborhood where extreme violence was a regular occurrence. Bearing witness to a drive-by shooting as a young child and learning shortly thereafter that his teenage sibling had fallen victim to gang violence inspired Rodríguez to devote his life to improving historically neglected communities like his own.
During his undergraduate studies, Rodríguez would see the curriculum through the unique lens of a young man whose community was left behind by the promises of public servants. A scholar of Architectural Studies, Public Health and Urban Planning, he now recognizes how frequently good intentions and unintended consequences intersect, often leaving communities to navigate quagmires well beyond the scope of their resources. Over the past 12 years he’s stayed focused on advancing his education and evolving into a public servant who enjoys thinking critically and engaging the voices of the community with the opportunities innovation presents while using history to help inform the applications of policy and design.
Rodríguez’ academic accolades and scholarly recognitions include: earning a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, receiving global acknowledgement of his innovative policy work via the inaugural 2021 Apgar Thought Leadership Award from the world’s largest professional organization for socially responsible land use and real estate experts, The Urban Land Institute and currently serving as a Culture of Health Leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the top 10 largest philanthropic entities in the world and the largest health endowment in the United States. Combined with over a decade of experience working in local government, Rodríguez is a seasoned disruptor of systemic oppression.
Rodríguez is acting on his promise to catalyze meaningful impact by bridging the gap between communities and their local governments through his consultancy, The Policy Gap.
Growing up in El Paso, TX, Rodolfo Rodríguez grew up in a deeply impoverished neighborhood; extreme violence was a regular occurrence. Rodríguez’s experiences drove him to commit his life to improving impoverished communities like the one he grew up in.
Upon the start of his long-standing career in systemic disruption, he was able to observe ongoing inequities in historically neglected neighborhoods, work as an advisor to local public officials, and spearhead equitable public policy in Texas, Colorado, California, and Oregon.
With over a decade of experience, Rodríguez is acting on his promise to catalyze meaningful impact by bridging the gap between communities and their local governments through his consultancy, The Policy Gap.
2019-2022 — Culture of Health Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2021 — Apgar Thought Leadership Award recipient, Urban Land Institute