Rosie “Rosemarie” Avila is former candidate for U.S. Congress, former elected school board member, Biola University Trustee, and President/Founder of 2 nonprofit organizations that serve inner-city youth.
She attended Biola University and earned a B.A. in Social Science and Missions, with a minor in Latin America History. She also earned an Elementary Teaching credential, and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership.
She was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. She was appointed as a RENEW Woman Advisor to Congress. She served on the City of Santa Ana’s Early Prevention and Intervention Commission (gang prevention commission). She has received the Excellence in Education Award by the California School Board Council, and a Friend of the Family Award from California’s Capital Resources. Rosie also received the City of Santa Ana’s Parks and Recreation Community Award for providing recreational activities for young people.
Rosie has been married for 43 years, has 5 children, and 8 grandchildren, with 2 on the way.