Mr. Rodriguez began his career working in the private sector for several Colombian companies. He also participated in the strategic development of political campaigns, and in the formation of legislation and public policy. When he joined FIU in 2008, he worked as a researcher for the Institute for Public Management and Community Service of Florida International University in local development issues in Latin America, and served as a Program Coordinator managing the implementation of several local and state government financed projects. Those included the organization of the Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities, the Democracy Conference, and the Seminar for Young Leaders of the Americas. Such projects aimed to provide elected and administrative career officials with the tools necessary to enhance the economic and administrative development of cities and municipalities in Latin America, and to promote a better understanding between the government of the State of Florida and rest of the hemisphere. He then joined the Jack D. Gordon Institute as a Program Coordinator, where he currently leads the professional education programming. He also served as Executive Director of a major civic organization present in over 20 US states. He is vice president of the Lisandro Meza Foundation, which promotes education for disadvantaged children and teenagers, and serves as President of Iberoamerica LIDER, a network that promotes youth participation in public affairs and gathers young politicians from over 25 countries. Jeisson obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Florida International University.