Rosa M. García is the Executive Director of the California Youth Leadership Corps (CYLC), a statewide partnership created to prepare a new generation of young people to become community organizers and change agents in their communities. The CYLC is a unique partnership involving the California Endowment, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Community Learning Partnership, and California community colleges. Prior to joining the CYLC, Rosa served as Director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, anti-poverty organization that works to advance policy solutions for low-income people. At CLASP, Rosa advocated for federal and state policies to increase economic security and access to postsecondary educational opportunities and career pathways for students with low incomes, students of color, immigrants, underprepared adults, and students impacted by the criminal legal system.
Rosa has spent the better part of her professional career as a public servant and advocate at the federal, state and local level, working to close equity gaps and promoting access, affordability, racial and economic justice, and democracy in higher education. Some of her previous positions include Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives and Executive Director of Legislative Affairs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Rosa has also worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Development Technologies Center. As an educator, Rosa has provided academic advising, coaching and mentoring to college students of diverse backgrounds and taught youth and adults in various educational settings.
Rosa received B.A. from Wesleyan University and holds master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University; UCLA; and Baruch College, CUNY and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Rosa was born in East Los Angeles and is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.