District 3: Bastrop County
Chair of the Board’s Member & Employee Services Committee; member of the Legal & Governance committee.
Roderick Emanuel spent 34 years in the education field before joining the Bluebonnet Board of Directors in 2011. He now raises cattle on the family farm off Texas 20 with his son, the third generation to work the family farm.
Roderick was an economics and special education teacher before working his way up to superintendent of Bastrop schools. He worked for Bastrop ISD for 25 years and at Gary Job Corps near San Marcos for nine years. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and a master's degree from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his Credential Cooperative Director certification from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in 2012, his Board Leadership Certificate in 2013, and his Gold Certificate in 2016.
Roderick is a motivational speaker and chairman of the deacon board at the church he has attended all his life - Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Cedar Creek.
He was elected to Bluebonnet's board and the first director to win after nominating himself by petition.
"I see myself as an individual who is concerned about people and about making a difference, and also reaching out and giving back what I can to assist this organization to move forward," Roderick said.
He serves on the boards of many community organizations, including Hopewell Rosenwald School and Bastrop Central Appraisal District. In June 2014, Roderick was elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer on Bluebonnet's Board of Directors, and in June 2019, he was elected to serve as Vice President.
Charlene and Roderick are the proud parents of one son, Roderick Emanuel Jr.