Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole Rodriguez, Research Director, is an experienced public policy advocate who researches and advocates for state policy solutions that centers the needs of communities. She is skilled in policy analysis, research, writing, communication, and nonprofit organization and management. Her research interests include labor and economic policy at the intersection of work and family. Before joining New Jersey Policy Perspective, Nicole was a Senior Researcher at Community Labor United (CLU), an organization that brings together community and labor partners to speak in one voice on issues that impact working-class families throughout Greater Boston. Specifically, Nicole drove strategic campaigns forward with rigorous research and leadership that stabilize and strengthen low-income families and communities of color.Prior to that, Nicole worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, an independent research organization that produces non-partisan policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts. Nicole has authored numerous reports focusing on family economic security and the state budget. She has also worked for foundations, non-profits, and state and local governments in Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. Email: rodriguez (at) | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 18

Big Money in Politics Shuts Voters Out of the Political Process

New Jersey's major political leadership campaign committees have spent more money in 2021 than in any of the last 14 years.

Shining a Light on New Jersey’s FY 2022 Budget

New Jersey's latest budget meets the immediate needs of the pandemic recovery, pays off debt, and invests in key public assets.

Introducing the State of Opportunity Index

The new State of Opportunity Index provides a clearer idea of the challenges we face and where they manifest.

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $12 on January 1

New Year’s will bring some relief to New Jersey’s lowest paid workers.

Unemployment Claims Rise as Federal Relief Expires

If federal relief is not extended, it will be much harder for families to meet their basic needs.

COVID-19 Unemployment Claims Will Soon Surpass Total Claims from the Great Recession

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance claims.

New Jersey Can Make Overtime Pay

The Trump administration's overtime rule leaves far too many workers behind.

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $11.00

More than 460,000 New Jersey workers will see a boost in take home pay in 2020.

Valuing Our Time: Strengthening New Jersey’s Overtime Law

Too many New Jerseyans are working overtime and not getting paid for it. It's time to fix that.
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