Keri Rodrigues

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Founder and Mom-in-Chief, Massachusetts Parents United

Somerville, Massachusetts

Keri Rodrigues is Matthew, Miles and David’s mom—an awesome family that lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is founder and Mom-in-Chief at Massachusetts Parents United, a parent advocacy group bringing together thousands of parents across the Commonwealth to fight for safer neighborhoods, stable and secure homes and high quality education for every child.

Keri began her career as an award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster, recognized for her political reporting both nationally and internationally and host of a popular daily political talk show and newspaper column in Southeastern Massachusetts. She then continued her career in advocacy as a long-time labor activist, communicator and organizer with the world’s largest local labor union, 1199SEIU, taking on major campaigns across the country. After facing struggles navigating the education system with her own children, she then turned her focus to education reform to help families across the Commonwealth to find their voice at the table and to put kids back at the center of the conversation about education.

Keri currently serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the advisory board of Democrats for Education Reform. She has also worked as a senior advisor on dozens of Massachusetts nonprofit, ballot-issue and political organizing campaigns, and serves as a Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

A Secular Franciscan, she also devotes much of her free time to volunteer work at Saint Anthony’s Shrine in Boston where you can catch her serving at the 7:30 a.m. mass on Sunday mornings.

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Posted May 18, 2017

Every Time I Walk by That House I Remember What It Means to Be a Survivor

Most mornings when I walk my 5 year old to school there is a street I avoid walking down. But…

By Keri Rodrigues

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017

You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling…

By Keri Rodrigues

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Posted June 21, 2016

To All My Democrats, Here’s Why We Should Support Charter Schools

“Charter schools? Democrats don’t support those.” It was a small group of anti-charter organizers who were saying it—and in truth,…

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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