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ACTION Council Appoints Annabelle Rodriguez Director of Programs & Community Engagement

Posted on November 6, 2012

Salinas, CA (November 1, 2012) – ACTION Council of Monterey County announced today the appointment of Annabelle Rodriguez as Director of Programs & Community Engagement.  In this new position within the organization, Rodriguez will be responsible for program management and will work closely with Executive Director, Larry Imwalle, on the ACTION Council’s community-building and collaborative initiatives.


“I’m thrilled to have Annabelle join our team,” said Imwalle.  “I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with her on many important community initiatives over the years. Her leadership skills, experience in program development, innovative thinking, and her commitment to create positive community change will be a tremendous asset to the ACTION Council as we continue to explore ways to expand our impact.”


Prior to joining ACTION Council, Ms. Rodriguez served as Manager of the Alisal Family Resource Center in the Alisal Union School District for more than seven years. In that role, she lead the expansion of the center’s programs and services within the community, secured over $7 million in funding for parent education, adult and family literacy, case management, homeless services, and identification and referral services and helped establish the Family Resource Center Network of Monterey County.


Ms. Rodriguez previously worked as Associate Director of the High School Equivalency Program at California State University, Monterey Bay where she developed a county-wide delivery system of adult education and GED programs for farm workers and migrant out-of-school youth. Ms. Rodriguez has a strong history of collaboration, strengthening partnerships, and community engagement.


“I'm delighted to be joining an organization of thought-leaders that serve as a backbone and catalyst to social change through community initiatives and resident engagement,” Rodriguez stated. “The ACTION Council's commitment to collective impact is demonstrated through their focus on solutions, collaboration, and engaging stakeholders in dialogue.”


Ms. Rodriguez's community involvement includes serving as a Director on the Board for the YWCA of Monterey County, Coordinating Council Member for Building Healthy Communities, member of LULAC, HEP Advisory Council, past Board President of the Business & Community Partnership, and Community Advisor for Head Start's Parent & Policy Council.