Before becoming an independent consultant, Rosita was the Acting Executive Director and Deputy Director of National CAPACD (National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development), a DC-based nonprofit with member organizations throughout the country advocating on low-income Asian-American and Pacific Islander issues and community development. During her more than two decades in the nonprofit field concentrating on immigrants’ rights and other social justice issues, she worked on the local, state, and national level, in CA, MA, and DC. She started her career in nonprofit as a fundraising assistant of a community health center, moved to organizing and policy work for advocacy organizations, and later found herself in senior management positions, such as a deputy director of Amnesty International.
While she holds a B.A. in economics and Spanish from Yale University and is an alum of the executive education program of the Harvard Kennedy School, her most poignant lessons have come from her life and work experiences. Thus, she balances theories and possibilities with the realities and pragmatism of the workplace. She wants to change the world, but she understands we, at the same time, need to find a way to live and survive in it. She is a Certified Professional Coach, trained through Coaching for Transformation (ACTP). Of Chinese descent, born in Latin America, immigrating to the U.S. as an infant, growing up working class in East Los Angeles, and coming out as a lesbian, she is acutely aware of the way in which culture binds together and creates barriers for groups of people. She carries this awareness into her coaching and services.
In addition, she is a writer and public storyteller who performs as “Una China Latina.” Videos of her storytelling can be found online.
Organizations that Rosita has done work for:
(references available upon request)
Advisors for Change (formerly, Accounting For Change)
America Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Asian Health Services (AHS)
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Detention Watch Network
District of Columbia Department of Health
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
Massachusetts Asian AIDS Prevention Project (MAAPP, now MAP for Health)
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NMR Group, Inc.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Committee (SEARAC)