Promotional Spotlight: Marie E. Rodriguez

February 1, 2023

Marie E. Rodriguez, Human Resources Benefits Administrator


In this month’s promotional employee spotlight, allow us to introduce to you Marie E. Rodriguez, Human Resources Benefits Administrator, working at our North Hollywood location.

Marie started at Penny Lane in June of 2021 as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant. In the year and a half since she has started, her interest in all things Human Resources and her ambition and tenacity led her to be promoted to HR Benefits Administrator effective January 1, 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

What was your journey prior to coming to Penny Lane (PLC)?

Prior to attaining my first position with Penny Lane, I was a first-generation college student at California Lutheran University. I graduated in 2020, and as some of you may recall, the job market was very rough at that time. So, I job hunted for one full year before acquiring employment with Penny Lane! As my former supervisor put it, “I was waiting for Penny Lane!” Timing is everything!

What brought you to PLC?

I’ve always wanted to work for a non-profit organization! It is important to me that I work for an ethical, diverse, and generous organization, and I found all these aspects in Penny Lane. I wanted to find a way to connect my interest in HR/business to my beliefs and morals and working for Penny Lane’s HR department has done just that for me! It’s a win-win!

What is your favorite aspect of working at PLC?

The people! I am so grateful that everyone at PLC has had so much patience and grace with me.

What was the path to promotion like for you?

The path to promotion came a bit quickly for me, which I am grateful for! Again, timing is everything! The position became available, and my name was mentioned! It was so flattering to know that my colleagues think highly enough of me to mention my name when opportunities arise!

How did the PLC team help along the way?

My PLC team (the HR Department) has been incredibly helpful!! Everyone is always so open and willing to help! I have the best team! Their openness, patience, and guidance are what get me through every workday!

What were some benefits that PLC offers that you took advantage of to further your education / career with PLC?

I am interested in pursuing an HR certification with the help of the education reimbursement program here at PLC!

What is your job and what makes you good at it?

I am the new Benefits Administrator! I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered this role yet, but I think my willingness to learn and personable attitude have assisted me in further developing the skills and knowledge necessary for this role.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I tend to really enjoy heights! Hot air balloon rides, airplane rides, helicopter rides, cliff jumping, biking the golden gate bridge, zip lining, roller coasters- you name it!

What event in your life shaped you significantly?

Being my mother’s caretaker. My compassion, organization skills, patience, and empathy are constantly improving because of it.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?
  • Be Impeccable with Your Word
  • Don't Take Anything Personally
  • Don't Make Assumptions
  • Always Do Your Best

My fellow bookworms may recognize these gems from The Four Agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Give it a read if you haven’t already!

What do you appreciate most about Penny Lane?

Again, the people! Everyone at PLC is awesome! Always so sweet and understanding! I appreciate kind people in general.

Please share something you are grateful for!

So many things!!! Where do I begin? I am extremely grateful for this promotion, for my wonderful colleagues, my health, my happiness, and my beautiful family!

-Marie E. Rodriguez, Penny Lane Centers