Christine Nieves Rodriguez (C ’10), currently a pioneer associate for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the Annenberg School for Communication’s undergraduate graduation ceremony, Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m. in the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts’ Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
Nieves Rodriguez joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in December 2011, bringing her experience as a communicator and news anchor to her work as program associate with the Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio. She praises the team’s focus on “identifying innovations in health and health care by connecting with people who may not be part of the traditional health care system.” She views the team’s approach to seeking unconventional approaches and untested models as holding new possibilities for building stronger health care connections between Puerto Rico and the mainland United States.
Through her work with the Pioneer Portfolio, Nieves Rodriguez looks to “measure the pulse of slow hunches that can mature into promising ideas and innovations.” She envisions an expanded network of online platforms that can “harness the expertise of health care practitioners and professionals outside the health field.”
Previously, Nieves Rodriguez was a presenter for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Award program. She emceed award ceremonies in major U.S. cities to celebrate the accomplishments of young talented Latinos in high school. She herself was a 2006 Youth Award awardee and received the Philadelphia/New Jersey Regional Gold Medallion for Leadership.
Nieves Rodriguez anchored the Just the Facts video series at FactCheck.org. She also hosted En Portada, a program aired on WWSI – TV 62, a Telemundo affiliate in Philadelphia. The show is dedicated to informing the community about current events and interviewing elected officials, community leaders and other individuals in the news.
Nieves Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Service from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford. In 2008, she was a Visiting Student in Media, Law and Ethics at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Born in England, she was raised in Puerto Rico and now resides in Princeton, N.J.
Previous speakers at Annenberg’s undergraduate graduation ceremony have included Emily Kramer-Golinkoff (C ’07, Gr ’12), founder of “Emily’s Entourage,” Rebecca Kaplan (C ’10), who covered the 2012 Presidential Campaign for the National Journal, Vanessa Bayer (C ’04), a featured player on the NBC television program “Saturday Night Live’” and Trang Do (C ’06) currently a reporter for the FOX news affiliate in York, Pa.
Extra: Read a “Notes from the Undergrad” column by Nieves Rodriguez from the Pennsylvania Gazette in 2010.