Kenney Announces Performance Management Director
PHILADELPHIA – In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced the appointment of Liza Rodriguez as Director of Performance Management. This position is a Deputy Chief Administrative Officer who will be responsible for improving city services to residents as well as making “back end” operational processes more efficient. Accordingly, the Director will help City departments set performance metrics, lead the collection of relevant data and then assist City departments in utilizing this data to implement programmatic changes when needed. The Director of Performance Management reports to the Chief Administrative Officer, and works closely with the Managing Director, Finance Director, and Budget Director.
“Liza Rodriguez’s diverse background in service delivery, policy, and research will ensure that our government is constantly improving the way we serve our residents,” said Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. “I believe strongly that government only works when it’s accountable to the people, and I look forward to working with Lisa to ensure that, first and foremost, the City is providing efficient and effective services.”
Liza M. Rodriguez has twenty years of leadership experience in the government and non-profit sectors, where she has worked to strengthen human service, workforce development, and education systems by utilizing data-driven and cross-agency collaboration strategies. She is the founder and owner of Rodriguez-Lavergne Consulting LLC, an education and human service consulting firm and served in city government under two previous administrations. Most recently, Liza returned from the distinguished Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellowship in China, an intensive professional development and cultural immersion program that sends ten mid-career U.S. leaders to China each fall for group and individualized sessions with Chinese experts in different fields. In her recent roles in the non-profit and government sectors, Liza oversaw research operations at a local nonprofit organization; designed and led the Department of Human Services’ Education Support Center, a public/private initiative designed to improve the educational outcomes of children and youth involved with the child welfare system; managed the capacity-building practice of the Public Health Management Corporation; and served as Director of Communications for the Department of Human Services under former DHS Commissioner Alba Martinez. Born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Liza has a B.A. from Duke University, a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from Temple University.