Rosa is originally from Guatemala and has also lived and studied in France where she earned an elementary school teacher diploma. She came to Minnesota as a Fulbright fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2003. She was also a 2009-10 Policy Fellow at the same school, and worked on a group project focused on reducing health care inequities. Rosa's former professional experience includes policy analysis, research, engagement with diverse communities, and management in government, non-profits and academia. Based on her personal experience as an immigrant, and as a studious observer of Latin America, she adds the skills and cultural relevant understanding to support issues pertaining to the Latinx communities in the state. Her area of focus for MCLA is on health issues with a racial equity lens. To learn about her work in this area, click here.
Rosa has held a wide range of responsibilities in multiple sectors both in Minnesota and Guatemala. Most recently, she was the Interim Executive Director in the agency guiding the Council work through leadership transitions. Previously, she worked at Waite House/Pillsbury United Communities as the coordinator of a place based community health prevention project looking at policy, systems and environmental changes in the Phillips neighborhood, Minneapolis. In government, at the Minnesota Department of Education she was a planner in the Results and Improvement Unit of the Special Education Policy Division where she monitored and tracked activities and projects related to a federal grant for teachers’ professional development. She worked as Legislative Director for the Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) conducting research, updating data about the Latino community, and implementing the council’s legislative agenda by engaging state legislators on key legislation. She was also the Interim Executive Director for the agency. Previously, she worked as a bilingual human rights specialist for the City of Saint Paul in the Human Rights Department. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and understands Italian. To learn more about Rosa's experience in Guatemala and Minnesota, click here.
Rosa has served as a board member for the Resource Center of the Americas, the West Side Community Health Services, and was a trustee for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota where she co-chaired the Grant Committee for the "MN girls are not for sale" campaign. She also served on the board of Women Venture. Rosa volunteers now for Life Source's Community Advisory Council.