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February 26, 2021
Root Cause Appoints Erin Rodriguez as Executive Director
Erin Rodriguez

October 30, 2020 — Root Cause, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides strategic consulting and research services for mission-driven organizations nationwide, recently announced that Erin Rodriguez has been named executive director, succeeding its founder, Andrew Wolk, who stepped down after serving 15 years as CEO.

Wolk is leaving the organization to devote himself to Finding Common Purpose, a non-partisan blog and podcast he created that advocates for healthy, secure living. He’ll also continue as a senior advisor to Root Cause, at least into 2021.

Rodriguez has been serving as managing director of Root Cause since early 2018, responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization.

Rodriguez said the organization “will continue to bring the strengths of all of our team and to build our strength through a culture of learning and inclusiveness.”

Prior to joining Root Cause, Rodriguez spent 14 years at YouthBuild USA, serving most recently as chief quality officer and previously as vice president of program operations. As part of the executive leadership team, she drove strategic planning, oversaw information technology and communications teams, and also provided oversight and technical assistance to the Affiliated Network of YouthBuild programs.

Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature from the University of Virginia.

“Our country is at a crossroads, where over the next years and decades we will determine if we can work together towards not just a few thriving, but many. I have seen how this work across the country, including projects Root Cause is working on, can bridge some of the divisiveness and move us towards a common purpose,” Wolk said.

Since its founding in 2004, Root Cause has worked with more than 400 partners across the U.S., including foundations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, public school districts, and public agencies in three key issue areas: improving people’s health and well-being, increasing education and youth development outcomes, and strengthening the economic security of people and families nationwide.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2018, Root Cause reported $2.4 million in revenue, of which $979,000 came from contributions and grants, and $2.1 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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