Clarissa M. Rodriguez of Orange County is the Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board. Before joining the Board in 2016, Mrs. Rodriguez worked as an attorney for the Queens County Legal Aid Society of New York in the Foreclosure Prevention and Predatory Lending Unit, and in the Housing Unit. Mrs. Rodriguez also worked in the Civil and Matrimonial Parts of the Nassau County Supreme Court. She served with the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, the City University of New York's (CUNY) Office of General Counsel, the Municipal Employees Legal Services at District Council 37, and the Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project of the Urban Justice Center, among others, prior to joining the Bar.
Earlier in her career, Mrs. Rodriguez was the project editor/legislative liaison of the National Parents and Teachers Association in Washington D.C. In addition, she was the community organizer for the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, and a social services counselor at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger in New York City. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation from 2012 to 2017 and is a member of the Latino Lawyers of Queens County, Dominican Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Mrs. Rodriguez is the recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Fellowship of the American Bar Association, and El Diario/La Prensa's 9th Annual NYC Outstanding Latina Award. She is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and holds a BA in political science from the State University of New York, Purchase College.
Term expires December 2022