Past President (2013 – 2017)
Vivian Rodriguez was the President of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida, The Human Rights Campaign Community Engagement Steering Committee in Central Florida, and a participant of Latinas Represent, a joint initiative of Political Parity and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda to call out the lack of elected Latina leaders and change the political landscape to reflect all Americans. In 2015, Vivian was selected as a member of the Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats (LEAD), in the state of Florida, Vivian was also the Field Representative for Congressman Alan Grayson in District 9, and was the Political Director of Hispanic Outreach during State Representative Joe Saunders Campaign in 2012, contributing to the successful election of one of our two first openly gay state legislatures in Tallahassee.
In New York, Vivian was actively involved in various fraternal organizations within the New York City Police Department. She was on the Executive Board of the Hispanic Society and the President of the Gay Officers Action League advocating for the advancement and rights of the law enforcement community within those organizations. Vivian has been recognized for her leadership within the Hispanic and LGBT community by receiving several commendations and awards from various municipal city agencies including the NYC Mayor’s office, NYC Comptroller’s office, NYC Council, NYS Senator Thomas K. Duane, NYS Assembly Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Task Force, and the New York Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. She also received the honor by Congressman Alan Grayson, to be entered into the Congressional Record, as a leader within the Hispanic community in Florida.
Vivian retired from the NYPD in August 2004, as a First Grade Detective, with twenty one years of honorable service. She was assigned to various specialized units which included the Intelligence Division, NYC Mayor Executive Protection Unit, Dignitary Protection Unit, the Organized Crime Control Bureau, Recruitment Section, Mobilization Unit, and the LGBT Sensitivity Training Program for all incoming NYPD police cadets. Upon retirement, Vivian became a consultant with the Department of Homeland Security and several other law enforcement agencies instructing on the subjects of Intelligence and Terrorism.
She was one of the instructors in the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, State & Local Division. The training was designed to provide line officers and first-line supervisors with an overview of terrorism with a focus on both domestic and international activities, a working knowledge of the criminal intelligence process, an overview of the detection and reporting of indicators of terrorist activities and the reporting of suspicious activity. Vivian was also a certified instructor for the Hate & Bias Domestic Terrorism Training Program.
Her last assignment with the NYPD was with the Intelligence Liaison Unit. This unit was created after the 911 Attacks in New York City, to combat the global international threat of terrorism in the NYC area. Vivian participated in several counter-terrorism operations to protect the city from future terrorist attacks.