With more than 20 years of experience in popular education and transformative facilitation, Rosa (she/her/ella) is dedicated to a thriving culture of participation where communities come together to solve social, environmental, and economic challenges.
Through her project, Facilitating Power, she has partnered with dozens of organizations, agencies, and community leaders to develop participatory approaches to building community resilience and grassroots power. She wrote the Framework on Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning, and the Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, in collaboration with climate justice leaders from around the country, and is working to deepen collaboration between the public and private sectors at the local level through multiple city-based initiatives. She has designed and directed programs for Movement Strategy Center, The Building Healthy Communities Initiative, The Action Council of Monterey County, The Alliance for Climate Education, Green For All, and the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, and spent ten years as a middle school teacher in San José and East Oakland.
Rosa has a gift for accessing the core values at the heart of any effort and weaving shared narratives to advance big vision and concrete practices. She is also a visual and performing artist and student of Vedic wisdom and Maya-Tolteca philosophy, committed to the lessons of our ancestors — to bring balance — with all our relations.