Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Rodney Eric López is a seasoned and sought-after educator, artist, and non-profit leader. His diverse professional background includes successful tenures in teaching artistry in public schools in New York City and beyond, training, coaching and facilitation, corporate communications and public relations, and executive non-profit leadership.
Rodney most recently served as Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, where he was responsible for leading program growth, supporting new business efforts, training and professional development, and serving as the face of the organization in stewardship of its 20 national and international affiliates. His teaching work with Dancing Classrooms is featured in the Paramount Classics hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. He is a master instructor of Latin and social dance and has taught children and adults the art of dance both for personal enjoyment and as a powerful tool for team and community building.
Prior to his career in arts education, Rodney was a successful professional in the area of communications and PR, serving as Public Affairs Manager at North General Hospital in Harlem, Director of Communications for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Senior Associate for BSMG Worldwide. He also consults with faith institutions in the area of fundraising and stewardship and is the creator of the Generosity and Abundance Process online course and author of The Generosity Solution. He is a board member of New Urban Arts and serves as its Development Committee Chair.
Rodney holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from New York University where he was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. He lives in Providence, RI with his wife Noni Thomas López and has two beautiful sons, Rodney Jr. and Roman.