Rodney G. Ellis is Vice Chairman and a founding shareholder of The Tagos Group. Rodney has a diverse background in international finance and plays a key role in the development and implementation of The Tagos Group’s international business strategy. Rodney has served as a business consultant to several Fortune 500 companies in his career. He currently serves on the National Commission of Energy Policy, a bipartisan group of 20 of the nation’s leading energy experts focused on issues that include increasing global competition for energy resources, concerns over global climate change, and progress in new energy technologies. He also co-chairs the newly created Commission on African Americans in Climate Change, a committee focused on getting minorities better engaged with energy and climate change initiatives within their communities. Rodney serves as a frequent lecturer on the issue of renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency. As a Texas state senator, Rodney has championed legislative considerations concerning environmentally preferred products and services, as well as a state-wide tax-free holiday.
Rodney is currently serving from Houston in his sixth term in the Texas Senate. During his 20-year tenure in the Texas Senate, the Senator has earned praise as a legislative leader on economic development, education, civil rights, tax cuts, criminal justice, and workforce development issues. A native Houstonian, Rodney was a co-founder of Apex Securities, Inc., an investment banking firm later sold to the New York-based Rice Financial Products Company. Prior to his election to the Texas Senate in 1990, Rodney served three terms as a member of the Houston City Council. He holds a B.A. from Texas Southern University, a Master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law.