Today we welcome aboard Joey Rodriguez in the role of Director of Communications. Joey comes to us from the Flushing YMCA where he served as the Fund Development and Communications Director for the last two years, and helped guide both their internal and external communications plans as well as their major fundraising planning. Before the YMCA, he worked in a similar capacity at Greenwich Village’s First Presbyterian Church, overseeing a $2.1 million fundraising campaign to repair and preserve their historic bell tower. He received his bachelor’s degree at NYU in 2007 in film production, and has not stopped creating ever since!
A native of Queens, Joey returned to New York after several years in Portland, Oregon. He’s now living here again with his wife, Lauren, and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Joon. Village Preservation’s mission to protect not only the built environment of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, but also their rich cultural legacy, attracted Joey to the position, providing him with a chance to feed his love of history and his desire to grow his communication and graphic design skills.
Joey says “I’ve always been interested in history, especially because my first experiences with it academically were through the world of film, which eventually led me to NYU’s film program and my style of creativity. History can almost be a simplified type of archaeology — you don’t necessarily need to excavate and get yourself covered in dirt and dust to unearth amazing facts and more pieces of the puzzle. Village Preservation seemed like a fantastic mix of research and the forward momentum in using those facts to do good and preserve the very foundations which birthed those stories and artifacts. I want to bring my unique approach to informing our community more about the amazing things that have happened right under their feet, or above their heads.”
Joey has over 15 years of experience as a graphic designer, including many as a videographer and editor. He hopes these skills will help to elevate the amazing work that Village Preservation has already done and provide a roadmap for the future of its presentation and outreach. We are sure you will be seeing his posts on social media very soon, as well as his interactivity with our dedicated community.
Joey can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he looks forward to working hand in hand with Village Preservation’s staff, trustees, and members, and all those who are dedicated to honoring and preserving the history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo.