Content Block Preview: Bios (3:00 pm) Meeting the Need: Creating Equity, Access and Prosperity for Hispanic Voices

Meeting the Need: Creating Equity, Access and Prosperity for Hispanic Voices

Emmanuel Caudillo is the senior advisor to the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. Previously on detail to the initiative in 2012, he transitioned to full-time in 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he was a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, overseeing the Student Aid Administration account. He has held research positions in various organizations, including Abt Associates and the National Council on Teacher Quality. For his commitment to his community, Caudillo was named one of the 40 Under 40 from the Leadership Center for Excellence in 2015. He also was a 2017 Ricardo Salinas Scholar at the Aspen Institute and a 2019–2020 Excellence in Government Fellow at the Partnership for Public Service. Originally from Los Angeles, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University. His passion for education is due to the strong sense of duty and commitment his parents instilled in him.


Lena T. Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the senior vice president for policy and government relations at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She joined the Association on March 8, 2021, and serves as the senior official for the association’s Washington office. In this role, she is responsible for addressing, developing and evaluating legislation affecting Hispanic-Serving Institutions. She serves as a direct liaison with government officials, federal agencies and other educational organizations to help develop policies and positions that support the educational success of Hispanic students. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector, serving in management and leadership roles that have focused on data-driven initiatives to expand, support and enhance programs directly affecting student success. In her previous position, she led the Angell Snyder School of Business at Ottawa University as the school dean for campuses in Kansas, Wisconsin and Arizona, and as the chief academic officer for two campuses in Arizona, with duties encompassing curriculum and program development, budgeting, fundraising, advocacy and establishing partnerships with external stakeholders. Other past positions include leadership roles at San Diego State University, a large public land grant university, and the Kauffman Foundation, a leading private foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship. She also has experience serving as a consultant for institutions of higher education, and served as the endowed chair of a nonprofit institution.

Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University, and a doctorate in business from the University of Nebraska.


Ethan Rosenzweig recently joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as deputy assistant secretary for academic programs. Rosenzweig was the associate dean at Atlanta’s Emory University School of Law, overseeing enrollment management and student services, including international recruiting and engagement activities. Also a graduate of Emory Law, Rosenzweig clerked for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell of the U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia, and then practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina. Before Emory, he completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education, and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in public policy from American University. Originally from Louisiana where his family still resides, he says he doesn’t return often enough and misses the crawfish and jambalaya. 




Megan Lysaght is a program officer in the Multi-Regional Programs Branch in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the State Department. Lysaght manages the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program; is lead coordinator on Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientations, enrichment conferences and gateway activities; and serves as vice chair of the Office of Academic Exchanges’ Programs’ Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Hailing from Ventura, California, Lysaght is the first in her family to go to college and earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public policy and administration from California Lutheran University, which is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. She is also an alumna of the Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services program and a Council for Opportunity in Education Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program scholarship recipient. Lysaght served as a Peace Corps Community Economic Development Volunteer in Azerbaijan where she met her now-wife and fellow State Department employee, Amanda


Caroline Gonzalez Scott is vice president of programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In this capacity, she leads a team that manages and develops leadership and professional development programs for emerging Latinx leaders. For nearly 20 years, Scott’s career has centered on education and engagement, supporting the leadership and professional development for individuals of the global majority. This includes training and coaching political candidates, organizers and advocates, supporting parents and paraprofessionals with early childhood language and literacy development efforts, and working as a middle school teacher at a public school. A native of California, Scott is a very proud Uruguayan American. She is a graduate of American University and the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and currently resides in the Washington metro area.