The New School

Michelle DePass, Dean 
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Dear all, 

I write to share with you that Professor Aida Rodriguez, who retired this past summer, has been awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. 

During her time here, Aida has been an integral part of the Milano School and the community it serves. For those of you who may not know, Aida began her work in philanthropy at The Rockefeller Foundation while earning her doctorate. She spent 16 years at the Foundation. Her community and board service extends to the New York Foundation,  the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders Initiative, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), just to name a few. Her work in philanthropy has been honored throughout her career. Of note was the honor of receiving 2003 Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking and most recently the 2017 Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Giver Award.

A committed teacher, Aida always brought her leadership skills, philanthropic networks, and extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector to the classroom in courses such as Social Justice Philanthropy and when guiding countless students through their capstone experience, the Advanced Seminar. As Executive Dean Mary Watson noted, “She has taught hundreds, perhaps thousands of students, not only the practical skills required for leadership, but has inspired them to imagine organizational forms that recognize and incorporate the talents of a diverse group of collaborators.”

Please join me in congratulating Aida for her accomplishments, here years of service, and all that she has contributed to the Milano community and its students. 

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Michelle Depass, Dean of Milano
Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management