Board of Directors. Rosa M. García is the director of postsecondary education and workforce development at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). In this role, she works to advocate for federal, state, and local polices that help low-income people improve their basic skills, access and complete postsecondary education, and support themselves and their families while they advance and succeed in the workplace and beyond. Expanding access to postsecondary opportunities and career pathways for low-income students, educationally underprepared youth and adults, students of color, and immigrants has been and continues to be a labor of love for Rosa.
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), 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 undergraduate degree 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 a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Rosa is a recipient of the Mellon Fellows in Teaching Program, the National Urban Fellows Program, and the Rawlings Leadership Fellowship. Rosa was born in East Los Angeles and is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.