In March of 2022, The Home Depot sustainability team welcomed a new Senior Director, Candace Rodriguez.
No stranger to the orange apron, Candace has been with the company for 20 years serving as Associate General Counsel and as Divisional Merchandising Manager of Building Materials for Private Brands. We’ve invited Candace to Eco Actions to learn more about her path and her thoughts about sustainability at The Home Depot.
EA: Welcome, Candace Rodriguez. Since joining The Home Depot in 2002, you’ve had a few very different roles. Can you tell us a bit more about your path at The Home Depot?
CR: Sure. I started at The Home Depot as Corporate Counsel 20 years ago. As part of the legal team, I handled transactions for the Procurement and Marketing teams. I also provided legal guidance on a variety of product regulatory and product safety issues. Then later, as Associate General Counsel, I led the Merchandising, Regulatory and Intellectual Property team.
I loved being a corporate attorney however, I wanted to have a different path in the organization, so I changed seats from advisor to client and became a merchant. Merchandising is incredibly exciting, and it was great to have a role where I could drive product innovation. And that led me to Private Brands, where I have had the pleasure of leading our Private Brands Building Materials team for the past two years.