Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Program Manager
Rosa Gomez-Herrin is a sociologist and urban planner with more than 15 years of professional experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She joins Foundation for Louisiana team as the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Program Manager, in charge of providing leadership in the development and implementation of TRHT programming. She works directly with partners and allies to generate effective strategies and develop a grantmaking portfolio, consistent with FFL’s mission and purpose
Rosa has on-the-ground experience addressing complex social issues, including racial and gender equity, workforce development, chronic homelessness, housing and disaster recovery, access to affordable healthcare, immigrants’ rights, and sustainable development. She has worked on a wide range of social and racial-justice projects throughout her career, and has extensive experience planning regional and national conferences, facilitating workshops, leading community engagement efforts, and advocating for people-centered policies that promote racial and gender equity. Rosa graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in Sociology, and holds a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans (UNO). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Studies at UNO, her dissertation research explores the cultural manifestations of the Latinx ethnic identity in the built environment, focusing on Latinx urbanism in the Greater New Orleans area. She has worked in PerÃº, Mississippi and Louisiana as an advocate and organizer, focusing on improving social and economic accessibility for historically disenfranchised communities.
Before joining FFL, Rosa worked for Oxfam America as the Gulf Coast Policy Officer, where she utilized policy advocacy and strategic grantmaking to support the rights of socially vulnerable communities in the region to a decent livelihood, while promoting responsible environmental stewardship in tandem with sustainable economic development and resilient communities. She serves on two boards of directors; locally, she serves as Secretary of Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation; and nationally, she is the President of Arte Sana (art heals), a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence, other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Additionally, she serves on Lift Louisiana advisory board, co-chairs the health committee for the Louisiana Language Access Coalition (LLAC) and acts as an executive member. Rosa also co-facilitates the Latino Forum of Greater New Orleans and writes a bimonthly bilingual column for Jambalaya News, a free printed newspaper targeting the Latinx community in 13 parishes in Louisiana.