Rodrigo works as research professor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) and at the National Security Affairs (NSA) Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He is a public policy entrepreneur in the fields of geopolitics (including geostrategy), deviant innovation (how criminal actors adopt emerging technologies) and the intersection between public policy and disruption (how governments react to changes brought by entrepreneurial behaviors). With more than 8 years of experience working on the geostrategic implications of deviant innovation for the American territories, he is also a subject matter expert on the geopolitics of North America and border management.

His work has created tools for public actors to become better strategic thinkers when managing the accelerating pace of innovation, and has provided private entities with strategies to become more resilient and agile when confronted by systemic change. As a futurist, he is passionate about how our visions of the future impact our present, and how the managerial practice can unleash the imagination of decision-makers. 9/11 was first and foremost a “failure of imagination” as the 9/11 commission defined it -- this is where Rodrigo steps in to help organizations improve their imagination capacities to create better strategies.