Zenaida Rodriguez is the Assistant Director, Business and Diversity Initiatives for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Department of Diversity and Civil Rights. In this capacity she plays an instrumental role in the development and implementation of key aspects of the MTA’s Disadvantaged-Minority-and Women-owned Business Programs and its outreach efforts to the business community. As part of
these efforts she provides assistance to MWDBE firms in accessing contracting opportunities throughout MTA’s operating agencies. Ms. Rodriguez coordinates outreach forums and is instrumental in bridging the gap between community projects and the MTA. Through her outreach efforts in the area of recruitment and development of qualified minority firms, the MTA has maintained a high level of participation on the part of MWDBEs.
Prior to joining the Department of Diversity and Civil Rights, she was Manager of Workforce Diversity for Metro-North Railroad. Her past experience as Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance in a minority-owned firm has afforded her the opportunity to understand and work with the many challenges and needs that minority firms encounter on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to her responsibilities Ms. Rodriguez serves as Chair of the Competitive Edge Conference where she also served in that same capacity in 2009-2010. A conference headed by a conglomerate of city and state agencies whose mission is to promote up-to-date contracting opportunities and conduct workshops geared towards the minority business community.
She has received various awards including “The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Business and Community 2003 Women History Maker”, Apples in Gratitude Award through the Manhattan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a 2006 recipient of the New York State Governor’s Harriet Tubman Spirit Award, 2006 Dominican Times Magazine Latina Trendsetter Award, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland County Women’s History Month Award, Recipient of the 2007 “Hispaniola Services International Woman’s Day” Award, the 2008 NYS Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Task Force MWBE Leadership Award, the 2009-2010 Competitive Edge Conference Distinguished Service Award, the 2013 NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Diversity Award for Hispanic History Month and the Recognition award of Support for the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects, and most recently Power Woman of the Year in 2017.
Ms. Rodriguez is a single mother of three children and six grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Public Administration from her alma mater Metropolitan College of New York.