Angel Rodriguez

Vice President of Community Economic Development
Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

Angel serves as the Vice President of Community Economic Development (CED) for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM). APM is a Philadelphia based, catalytic non-profit that assists families to achieve their full potential in life through innovative community development programming and the provision of health and human services. Angel is responsible for implementing the Quality of Life Plan for Eastern North Philadelphia. With the Plan as a guide he has established APM’s Food Buying Club, oversees housing development initiatives, and directs the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) in partnership with Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), community outreach efforts, Housing Counseling, and APM’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC).

Angel’s 26 year career began in education establishing an alternative school for adolescents with special needs then serving as the Executive Director of Youth Build Philadelphia Charter School, one of the first six charter schools established in the state of Pennsylvania, serving out of school youth and building affordable housing. It has evolved to Community Economic Development (CED) in an effort to develop holistic programming that will serve all aspects of the community. His work in CED starts with serving as Executive Director of the Empowerment Group a not for profit focused on small business development and entrepreneurship training in Philadelphia. It continues with his facilitation of Entrepreneurship Training at the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts in addition to his duties at APM. Angel is also a Board Member of the Philadelphia Land Bank Board and Housing Advisory Board.