Brandy Rodriguez


As the Central Valley Community Advocacy Coordinator, Brandy is responsible for providing the foundational resources for youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California. She will do this by expanding the membership base and volunteers, developing sound organizing strategies specific to the chapters they serve in collaboration with members, assisting with fundraising, supporting members to run chapter meetings and strengthen engagement, facilitating community outreach and advocacy efforts, and developing and facilitating curriculum and trainings that support member leadership.

Brandy’s purpose for working with the California Youth Connection is to help create change within the foster care system. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology at Park University with a minor in business administration. With 5 years’ experience working in direct services with foster youth, families and community supports, she strongly felt there was a much higher need to support youth by helping advocate for their needs and having their voices heard as individuals.

Brandy is a mother to an amazing little boy; she loves spending time with her family and going on adventures. She also enjoys listening to music, reading, puzzles, organizing, and self-care (doing her nails and mindfulness).