Mary Rodriguez

Deputy Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mary is the Deputy Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Mary is a human resources professional and diversity practitioner dedicated to helping companies maximize their potential through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

An experienced facilitator, learning specialist, and diversity guru, she’s determined on making a living by making a difference. The common thread in Rodriguez’s work across academia, for profit, and the nonprofit industry has been her focus on broadening HR strategies so more workplaces build innovative and equitable cultures that all employees thrive in. Mary has served as Manager of DEI and Client Engagement at DiversityEDU, a research-based DEI tech start up. In varying roles at BakerRipley for the past 10 years, Mary has been able to implement Human Resources and DEI strategies to transform a $500 MM organization and create lasting change. Mary also serves as a Corporate Fellow at the University of Houston Downtown where she leads courses for MBA students in Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, and HR Strategy.

Rodriguez’s passions include social justice for marginalized populations. For two years, she studied immigrant and refugee migration patterns to Houston at the local refugee home, Casa Juan Diego. Prior to joining the team at BakerRipley, Mary served as an Executive Team Member at the University of Houston Downtown.

Mary’s social interests include reading, world music, vintage / resale shopping, meditation, caring for her two French Bulldogs, anything outdoor related, travel, and henna art. Of the many Mary has mastered, the one she will never perfect is that of motherhood. Mary is fortunate to be loved by two incredibly special children, Nevaeh 20, Ralph 18. This fall Nevaeh will be a junior at Howard University and Ralph will be an incoming freshman at Texas State University.

A quote Mary lives by: “I am, somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops” – Stephen Jay Gould