Maria J. Rodriguez
Email: maria4pension@gmail.com
Cell: 773.960.7173

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION 

Pensioner – Former Chicago Public School teacher of 34 years. Citywide Teacher/Facilitator for School Based Problem Solving Field Representative for the Chicago Teachers Union, serving the Southside of Chicago. 

  • Governor’s State University, University Park, Illinois
    • Masters of Arts, Education/Administration, Type 75 Certification
    • Masters of Arts, Elementary Education/Bilingual Education
  • 45 Additional Post Graduate credit hours
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
    • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Graduate of Jones Commercial High School, Chicago IL
  • Graduate of Robert M. Healy Elementary School, Chicago, IL

TRUSTEE EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT

Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Pensioner Trustee 2017- current

  • Claims and Service Credits Committee Chairperson – Fact Finding and monitoring Claims and Services for all CTPF members
  • Return to Work Chairperson – Advocate for CTPF Return to Work members
  • Active Pensioner Trustee committed to attending all monthly Pension Board meetings and Committee Meetings from start to end regardless of late night hours
  • Member of all Standing Committees; Investments, Finance and Audit, Pension Laws and Administrative Rules, Claims and Service Credits Committee
  • Other committees include Communications, Disability, Election, Health Insurance, Personnel, Policy, Return to Work and Technology Committee
  • Achieved all required Trustee Certification requirements online as mandated

Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Teacher Trustee (1999 – 2011)

  • President of the Pension Fund 2002 – 2004
  • Vice President of the Pension Fund 2010 – 2011
  • Recording Secretary of the Pension Fund 1999 – 2003 & 2009 – 2010
  • Financial Secretary of the Pension Fund 2005-2007
  • Speaker/Witness before the Illinois Senate Select Hearings on behalf of the Pension Fund to support qualified Minority and Women Owned Business firms
  • Recognized as Trustee of the year, by the New America Alliance, August 2007
  • Recognized as Outstanding Teacher by the Little Village of Commerce, Chicago, IL, 2003
  • Former Chairperson of the Investment Committee
  • Former Chairperson of the Ethics Committee – Implemented the first Ethics Policy for the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
  • Former Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee
  • Member of all standing committees and Communications, Disability, Election, Health Insurance, Personnel, Policy and Technology Committee

Chicago Teachers Union Experience

  • CTU School Delegate & Citywide Delegate for more than 20 years
  • Executive Board Member of the CTU
  • Elementary Functional Vice President
  • American Federation of Teachers & Illinois Federation of Teachers Convention Delegate
  • Elementary Steering Committee Member
  • CTU Professional Problems Committee
  • Chairperson of the Bilingual Committee
  • CTU Strike Coordinator

Organizations/Memberships

  • Chicago Teachers Union Retiree Chapter
  • Ella Flagg Young
  • Retirees In Motion (R.I.M.)
  • Retired Teachers Association of Chicago
    • Lifetime Member
  • St. Cletus Parishioner