Originally from Long Beach, California, Rosana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with degrees in anthropology and Latin American literature. Through the University of California Washington Center, she interned at Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy organization for farmworkers. At Farmworker Justice she developed curricula for pesticide safety trainings and created outreach materials for the Occupational Health division. Rosana was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and has completed research programs on Latin American topics at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and in Zacatecas, Mexico through the UC Education Abroad Program.
Field placement: La Casa Norte
Rosana conducted research on community gardening and urban agriculture models in Chicago. Her research on potential food security initiatives is being utilized by La Casa Norte as the organization plans to expand its services. Rosana also cultivated relationships with local businesses by organizing La Casa Norte's food drives and developed a survey on the dietary needs of youth confronting homelessness.
Policy placement: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rosana coordinated the outreach efforts for the StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity, a multi-agency USDA initiative that tackles persistent poverty in 20 states. She served as a liaison between headquarters and state coordinators and tracked partnerships with private and not-for-profit entities to increase investments in rural communities.