Mauricio Rodas is an Ecuadorean scholar and founder of the Ethos Foundation, an organization promoting equal opportunities, liberty, and human rights in Latin America. Rodas was a key contributor to the Ethos Poverty Index, which enhances the study of poverty by using multidimensional measurements attuned to the reality of Latin America, and contributes to the analysis and design of public policies based on a more comprehensive, and broader, concept of poverty. In 2012, Rodasco-founded the SUMA (United Society More Action Movement) and was re-elected as the group’s president in August 2017. Rodas remains a member of the Ethos Foundation’s executive board, researching poverty alleviation strategies in Ecuador and the relationship between poverty, democracy, and human rights, from a public policy perspective. Rodas was elected mayor of Quito in February 2014. He is the Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments organization (UCLG) and serves on the boards of Global Covenant and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. He has been a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders since 2015. In 2017, he was investigated for alleged involvement in the Odebrecht Brazilian corruption scandal.