Rod Loyola came to Canada from Chile as a child in 1976 and has lived in Edmonton Millwoods for over 30 years. Loyola is currently raising two young boys with his wife Johanna.
The University of Alberta graduate earned his Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Economic Anthropology and History in 1999.
He has served as the Chair and Education Programmer for the local council of Development and Peace for over ten years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Latin America Program Committee for three years. Loyola has worked diligently as the Project Manager for Sombrilla Refugee Support Society for two years managing community development projects in Honduras, Guatemala, and Argentina.
He is focused on bringing his experience to local programs and projects. Loyola has served as the President of the Non-Academic Staff Association at the University of Alberta and volunteered on a number of boards and organizations, such as Regional Vice-President for Edmonton for the Alberta NDP; Chair of the Public Interest Alberta Post-Secondary Education Task Force; Executive Board Member of the Friends of Medicare; first Vice-President of the Knottwood Community League; Founding Member of the Mill Woods Artists Collective; President of the Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton; and Access Producer of the Shaw Television Community Program, Nosotros.