Welcome Alex Rodriguez, Our New ACMHE Manager!

Posted on Jun 12, 2019

We’re excited to introduce Dr. Alex Rodriguez, CMind’s first ACMHE Manager. Alex has joined us in this new role to serve ACMHE members, grow our community and expand our member benefit offerings. If you have any questions about your ACMHE membership or would just like to say hello, you can find him at alex@contemplativemind.org.  Welcome, Alex!

You can read more about Alex below:

Alex W. Rodriguez (he/him/his) is a practicing writer, improviser, organizer, meditator, and trombonist. In addition to his work with CMind, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the International Society for Improvised Music and is undergoing teacher certification training with the Deep Listening Institute. Alex recently taught African-American Music and Global Pop in the Arts and Humanities Division at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a B.A. in Music from Amherst College.

Before moving back to Massachusetts, Alex was based in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, where he conducted the jazz ensembles at Reed College, worked as a Field Organizer for the campaign to elect Jo Ann Hardesty to the Portland City Council, and organized with the Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship to develop spiritually grounded practices for grassroots resistance. He has written extensively about jazz and other Afro-diasporic musics, including his 2018 Ph.D. dissertation on jazz clubs and the communities that sustain them in Los Angeles, California; Santiago, Chile; and Novosibirsk, Siberia. His work has been published in various academic and journalistic outlets including DownBeatEthnomusicology ReviewJazz PerspectivesLion’s Roar, and NPR Music.

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