William Rodriguez-Kennedy

San Diego, California

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is a Non-Profit and Political Resource Development Manager, award winning former journalist, activist and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has nearly a decade of combined military and community service.

In 2008, Will was honorably discharged from the military under the discriminative “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. He made international headlines in his fight against the policy specifically being amongst the first to attempt to reenlist when it was ruled unconstitutional in 2010.

Since then he has been active in local politics. Amongst his awards he was named Veteran of the Year for the 77th Assembly District in 2009, he was voted Outstanding Community Activist at the Nicky Awards in 2011, received a San Diego Press Club award for his coverage of government and politics in a non-daily newspaper, San Diego LGBT Weekly and was inducted into the San Diego LGBT Community Center's Benjamin Dillingham and Bridget Wilson Veteran's Wall of Honor in 2013.

Will is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Young Professional Council’s leadership academy, a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center and is currently a communications major.

Will served on the board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2010 to 2013 and as an officer of the board from 2011-2013. He also served as a member of the San Diego County Veteran's Advisory Council from 2010 - 2016.

He currently serves as President of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, as State Parliamentarian of the California Young Democrats and as an alternate member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee appointed by State Assembly Member Todd Gloria and a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

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