As Communications Director for the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), Jon Rodney uses his passion for language to amplify the voices of communities who are fighting for a better world and challenging oppression, exploitation, and criminalization.
In eight years at CIPC, Jon has played a key role in developing communications strategy behind some of California’s most significant immigrant rights policy victories, working in concert with community leaders and advocates to shape transformational narratives. Jon co-led media efforts for the three-year fight to pass the California TRUST Act and has coordinated strategic communications work to pass strong local "sanctuary" policies, the California Values Act, and other key legislation. He has also partnered with community groups to publicize numerous deportation defense campaigns. Jon has shaped and placed stories in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mercury News, and numerous local television and radio outlets.
Jon believes that every person is inherently a communicator who has the power to move and inspire key audiences. He has helped design and expand training curriculum and provides interactive training and support to many grassroots organizations across the state. Jon has also helped design public opinion research and has worked to incorporate both research findings and community feedback into messaging.
While he often works to put others in the spotlight, Jon appears frequently on local and national Univisión and Telemundo newscasts, including live appearances on the Bay Area Univisión affiliate.
Jon previously managed communications and development at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, is fluent in Spanish, and is proficient in modern standard Arabic. Jon is a voracious reader and a lover of puns.