AWEF Board Member
Years of Service: 2020 to Present
“I enjoy reviewing grant applications and awarding those organizations that provide support and empowerment to the women of the Aurora area.” — Zaida Rodriguez
Zaida Rodriguez currently serves as Assistant Director of Community Relations at Indian Prairie School District 204. Indian Prairie is the fourth largest school district in Illinois, serving 26,000 students attending 33 schools in Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield. Before joining Indian Prairie in 2021, Zaida was a marketing professional with Rush Copley Medical Center responsible for a wide range of community relations, health education programming and outreach activities.
Rodriguez has a passion for cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with community members and key stakeholders, which she has put to good use through her board involvement with numerous Aurora-area nonprofits. In addition to serving on the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation Board of Directors, Rodriguez currently serves on the board of Compañeros en Salud/Partners in Health, NFP as Immediate Past Chair. Rodriguez first became involved with Compañeros en Salud in 2004 when she coordinated the organization’s first community health festival.
In recent years, Rodriguez served on the boards for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Aurora Primary Care Consortium, Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. In other community leadership roles, she has served on the Healthy Living Council and Workgroup for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (WIDE) with the Kane County Health Department and the Chairman’s Advisory Panel with CASA Kane County.
Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Aurora University, as well as an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Waubonsee Community College. She is an avid photographer and earned highest honors in College of DuPage’s Photography Certification program.