Rosa M. García

Co-Executive Director (CLP) / Executive Director (CYLC): Rosa M. García serves as Executive Director of California Youth Leadership Corps and Co-Executive Director of the Community Learning Partnership (CLP), where she collaborates with state agencies, two-year and four-year public institutions, social justice organizations, and other community partners to expand community change career pathways for marginalized students in California and across the nation. 

Prior to joining CLP, Rosa served as Director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). At CLASP, she worked to promote policies to expand access to postsecondary opportunities and to increase economic security for marginalized students, including first-generation students living in poverty, educationally underprepared adults, students of color, and immigrants. 

Prior to joining CLASP, Rosa worked to promote access, affordability, equity and diversity, and student success in higher education through her roles as a public servant and advocate at the federal, state, and local level. Her previous positions include Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director to a senior member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Special Assistant/Legislative Aide to a County Councilmember in Montgomery County, Maryland and a gubernatorial appointment to the Maryland State Board of Education.

Rosa has also worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Community Development Technologies Center, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Morris K. Udall Foundation. Early in her career, Rosa served as an Assistant Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University and Swarthmore College, where she worked to increase the representation of students of color on campus. As an educator, Rosa has provided academic counseling, coaching and mentoring to low-income students, immigrants, and students of diverse backgrounds and taught youth and adult learners in various educational settings. 

Rosa received her bachelor’s in History and Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University. She holds master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University; the University of California at Los Angeles; and Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2015, she completed her Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Rosa has authored and co-authored numerous publications related to advancing racial and economic justice in higher education and society and serves on the board of the Emerald Cities Collaborative. Rosa was born in East Los Angeles and is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.