Joseph Maya Rodriguez joined the Economic Progress Institute Board in October 2023.

Joseph Maya Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University, Newark Campus. During his undergraduate years, Joseph carried out research work focused on the energy crisis in Puerto Rico and its relationship with the government bankruptcy. Joseph has multiple roles in the student government consul and student association. during his undergrade it. During his years of master's degree Joseph had the opportunity to lead multiple analytical investigations focused on public finances, operation of federalized programs and discrepancies in the distribution of funds for emergency grants. IN 2019, Joseph was selected as a Fellow by ASPA, due to his research focused on diversity and representation in the workplace. This same year, he received the Dean Award for his investigative work in FEMA's response to emergencies caused by hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey.

Since his arrival in the state of Rhode Island, Joseph has worked as a data analyst in the areas of energy and health. From 2019 to 2023, Joseph served as a data analyst for the Rhoda Island Health Department. During his stay at RIDOH, Joseph had the opportunity to develop multiple data analyzes and create dashboards that allow citizens to learn more about environmental and social risks in RI and their impact on individual health. During the emergency of the Covid-19, Joseph leads the development of system for letter of medical mandate on RIDHO. This system help RI citizens to request official medical certification when they have a positive/negative Covid test. Joseph currently serves as Operation and Analytics Manager for Rise Group, where he leads the analytics team.

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