Professor of Practice
Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
1086 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5961
Christy Rodriguez is an urban and regional planner with nearly two decades of working experience with municipal, county, regional, private sector and non-profit community organizations. Christy is currently serving as the Program Director of Region Reimagined—a five-year community and economic blueprint among Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley counties. The long-range strategy of Region Reimagined is ultimately inclined toward job creation that enhances the region’s prosperity.
Christy recently joined the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning as a Professor of Practice, teaching Plan Administration, and is excited to be a part of the Wildcat Family!
Rodriguez comes to the region after nearly 10 years with the Fort Worth Police Department as Program Support Administrator, overseeing the Program Support Division (twenty-four professional staff), consisting of the Research and Planning Section, Technology Services Section, Procurement and Contract Management Section and the Asset Management Unit. Her work included strategic planning and implementation, facility planning (assisting with the management of approximately 40 Police facilities), capital improvement planning, research, and grant and program management. She also assisted in managing approximately 60 programs funded by the Crime Control and Prevention District.
Prior to her role with the Fort Worth Police Department, Rodriguez served four years until 2009 as Senior Planner at Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department in the Advanced Plans Division working on neighborhood revitalization efforts, downtown projects, floodplain management, and a tri-jurisdictional land use plan. From 2001 to 2005, Christy served as a Grant Development Specialist and Planner at Traylor & Associates working on a broad spectrum of projects including housing, water and sewer improvement, and economic development projects for non-entitlement jurisdictions throughout Texas, as well as, regional hazard mitigation planning for the East Texas Council of Governments. Christy also worked for the Growth Council of Oxford Hills in South Paris, Maine assisting with community and economic development projects, as well as, for the City of College Station, Texas’ Planning Department working on neighborhood planning.
Rodriguez earned a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 2001, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 1999. Christy has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1997.
Christy is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Ayden, and is the wife of Adrian Rodriguez. She is passionate about making the community a better place and doing her part. She has been a Girl Scout Leader, a volunteer in the church children’s program, and a member of the Wings Circle of the United Methodist Women. Professionally, Christy strives to positively impact both the region as a whole and the lives of students at Kansas State University to ensure they are prepared for their next endeavor as professional planners.