Tina Rodriguez co-founded SAGE Dining Services® in 1990, blending her passion for culinary excellence and financial integrity with a lifelong commitment to education. She oversees SAGE’s human resources, finance, and legal operations and travels extensively to connect with clients and Team Members across North America.
Tina is sought after by the independent school community as a speaker and webinar host on the topics of dining service management, local food procurement, and nutrition. She has addressed NBOA’s Annual Meeting, the NAIS Annual Conference, TABS’ national conference, and regional associations such as GISA, TAIS, MISBO, and AISNE.
While growing SAGE, Tina served as an adjunct faculty member in the business program at Johns Hopkins University for over fifteen years, teaching various strategic planning and management courses to MBA candidates. She also taught at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
From 2010-2020, Tina served on the board of The Common Market Mid-Atlantic. In her seven years as board chair, she helped guide The Common Market’s expansion beyond the Mid-Atlantic market to Georgia, Texas, and neighboring territories. Tina also served on the evangelization committee and pastoral council at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Currently, Tina spearheads SAGE’s collaboration with Innovation Works in Baltimore, a nonprofit that mentors budding city entrepreneurs.
In 2020, Tina was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, as well as one of The Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders. She and her husband Paco were awarded the 2021 Sarah Daignault Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award by the National Business Officers Association.
Prior to her work at SAGE, Tina was a consultant at Bain & Company, an international strategy consulting firm. She graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Tina and Paco have four grown children and one adorable granddaughter. They live in Baltimore, Maryland. In her spare time, Tina enjoys running half-marathons, singing in the Cathedral Contemporary Group, and working in her organic garden.