SAG-AFTRA Chief Contracts Officer
As chief contracts officer for SAG-AFTRA, Ray Rodriguez has served as either lead negotiator or second chair at all major negotiations since assuming the equivalent to his position at the former Screen Actors Guild in 2007, including negotiations covering theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, industrial and educational films, and video games. Most recently, he served as part of the union’s negotiating team during the historic first TV/Theatrical contracts negotiated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The effort was remarkably successful, with 92 percent of members ratifying the agreement and gains of $200 million in wages for SAG-AFTRA members.
Rodriguez is also a trustee and former chair of the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund and a trustee of the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Pension & Health Plans.
He previously served as deputy general counsel for Screen Actors Guild in its New York office, where he managed the union’s legal function for New York and the eastern states. Rodriguez came to the union with experience as a labor and employment lawyer for O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California.
Rodriguez is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the Columbia Law Review. He hails originally from Brooklyn, New York, but now lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children.