Lupe M Rodriguez


Executive Director

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice

Lupe M. Rodríguez is a scientist with an activist heart dedicated to seeing all people live in full salud, dignidad y justicia. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (Latina Institute). Born in Mexico City, Lupe immigrated with her family to San Jose, California, seeking medical care for her brother. A natural-born leader, she knew early on she had a passion for organizing and was gifted with a strong voice and desire to speak up for what was right. Driven to work on health issues like the congenital disorder that impacted her brother, Lupe studied Neurobiology. A self-proclaimed disruptor with a passion for change, Lupe altered course from a career in science to focus on social justice policy work in Mexico, Peru, and California. Before joining the Latina Institute, Lupe served as Director of Public Affairs and later Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Lupe graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Neurobiology. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Clinical Research at Stanford Medical School and has served on several boards, including the Center for American Progress’ Reproductive Justice Advisory Board, California Family Health Council Board of Directors, as Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women in Santa Clara County, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She is an avid runner and resides in the Bay Area.