Prior to joining Grace Farms Foundation, Rod oversaw the New Haven office in Connecticut with the Department of Homeland Security. His career as a federal agent began in 1995 and throughout that time Rod has investigated a variety of federal criminal violations. He has received numerous awards including the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
As Director of Law Enforcement and Risk Officer, Rod is responsible for assessing, reporting, and executing the risk program. Part of his additional responsibilities include the advising and training of international, federal, state, and local law enforcement in successfully combatting and prosecuting National and Transnational Organized Crime involved in human trafficking and illegal wildlife trade on a local, national, and global level. The international trainings are conducted in Africa, Asia, and Europe by enhancing capacity of law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers, as well as strengthening networks for regional law enforcement to increase investigative collaboration.
In addition, Rod develops and facilitates educational programming geared toward awareness and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Rod maintains oversight of all elements related to content creation and training deployment.