Mauricio Rodas

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Mauricio Esteban Rodas Espinel
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Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Quito
Assumed office
14 May 2014
Preceded byAugusto Barrera
Personal details
Born (1975-04-15) 15 April 1975 (age 44)
Quito, Ecuador
Political partyUnited Society Plus Action (SUMA)
Spouse(s)María Fernanda Pacheco
Alma materPontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
ProfessionLawyer, political analyst

Mauricio Esteban Rodas Espinel (born 15 April 1975) is a lawyer and right-wing politician (SUMA party) who has served as the Mayor of Quito since May 2014.[1]

Born in Quito on April 15, 1975, he is married and father of four children. He is a Doctor in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. Thanks to a Fulbright fellowship and a scholarship from de Organization of American States (OAS), he earned two master's degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in Government Administration and Political Science.

He began his professional carrier at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile, where he published works on sustainable development in Latin America. Later, he founded DS Consultores, a public policy consulting firm based in Mexico City, through which he advised different Federal Government ministries in Mexico, as well as state and local governments in that country. In 2007, Dr. Rodas founded the Mexico-based Fundacion Ethos,[2] a public policy Think Tank focus in social policies for Latin America. Since 2008, Dr. Rodas promotes a political concept called "Responsible Government Model", an innovative and modern vision that seeks to go beyond the traditional left-right wing divide to foster prosperity based on responsible policies.

Dr. Rodas has worked as analyst for various international media enterprises, including: CNN,[3] Televisa, TV Azteca, Foreign Policy, BBC World, Reforma, Revista Poder, among others.

In 2011, he returned to Ecuador and began his political career. He is the founder and president of Movimiento Sociedad Unida Más Acción (SUMA), a national political party. He ran for president of Ecuador in the 2013 general elections, obtaining the fourth place among eight candidates, becoming the surprise of the election.

On May 14, 2014, he was appointed Mayor of Quito, after winning the elections against the incumbent candidate, becoming the youngest mayor in the history of the city.

Mauricio Rodas was the hosting Mayor [4] of the United Nations Conference on Urban Sustainable Development Habitat III, receiving almost 30,000 international delegates. He has also been very active in the most important network of cities. He is currently the world co President[5] of United Cities and Local Governments (for which he was reelected for a second term), he is also a member [6] of the Global Executive Committee of Local Governments for Sustainability, member[7] of the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and member [8] of the Steering Committee of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

He is also a Global Young Leader and a member of the Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum.

Achievements on his term as Mayor[edit]

First METRO Line in the City and Country[edit]

He initiated and developed the construction of the largest infrastructure project in the city's history, the Metro, a sustainable mobility system that will transform Quito in multiple ways. After only three years of construction, the first Metro trip with passengers took place last March.[9]

International personalities, like the president of the Interamerican Development Bank and the vice-president of the World Bank, have recognized Quito's Metro as a Worldwide example of a project of its kind that has been achieved on schedule, on budget and with the latest technology [10]

Turn Down Harassment - Battle against sexual harassment[edit]

Quito's transportation system includes gender policies that promote a safer environment for all. A particularly successful program is “Turn Down Harassment”, aimed at fighting sexual harassment in the public transportation system, through reports via SMS text messages and the activation of alarms in buses. The World Economic Forum recognized this program as one of the top 20 global social innovations in 2017 [11]

Social Policies[edit]

Mayor Rodas has focused on social policies with effective results. For example, “Health on the Way” is an initiative to control malnutrition and non-communicable chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death in the city. This project works through Health kiosks located in public spaces to track citizens´ health indicators and to advice on healthy habits. At a very low budget, this program has delivered more than one million free attentions in three years [12]

Heritage Conservation and Light Festival[edit]

During his term, Mayor Rodas has worked deeply on the conservation of the city's heritage, especially in the Historic District, where nearly 2 kilometers of streets were transformed into pedestrian lanes.[13]

In 2016 Mayor Rodas launched the light festival in the Historic District. Heritage buildings and public spaces served as gigantic canvases for this magical show. The light festival boosted domestic and international tourism. Last year, during its third edition, this celebration attracted more than 3.2 million people, becoming the second largest festival of light in the World.[14]


Mayor Rodas was the hosting mayor of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat lll, the largest UN conference in history, making Quito the gathering point for hundreds of mayors and the center for discussion of the most relevant urban issues. On the climate change arena, he has fostered avant-garde regulations regarding the reduction of single use plastics, the preservation of natural protected areas, and incentives to promote the use of electric vehicles.

In 2017, during the One Planet Summit organized by President Emmanuelle Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez, Mayor Rodas launched a global Call to Action to redesign the international financing architecture and channel resources into cities for an effective climate change fight.[15] Mayor Rodas has played a major leadership international role. He is currently World Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments Organization (UCLG) and member of the World boards of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

Last month, he was selected as of the 100 World's Most Influential People for Climate Policy by Apoliticall.[16]

After 5 years of intense work, both locally and globally, Mauricio Rodas will finish his term as mayor in May 2019, having projected Quito towards the future and fostered the cities movement's influence in the global arena.


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  2. ^ "Índice para medir pobreza y aplicar Responsabilidad Social". WebExhibits. 2011. Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 29 January 2019. ... En entrevista, el doctor Mauricio Rodas, Director General de Fundación Ethos, declaró que uno de los ...
  3. ^ "Mauricio Rodas, veedor internacional".
  4. ^ "About Habitat III - Habitat III".
  5. ^ "Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Bogotá 2016, UCLG".
  6. ^ "Alcalde de Quito es reelecto presidente para consejo regional del ICLEI en América del Sur; nueva composición de RexCom asume durante COP23".
  7. ^ "The Board - Global Covenant of Mayors".
  8. ^ "Steering Committee".
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