Rosario Anaya is the Executive Director of Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS). Originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia, she received a B.A. in Public Administration, a Master’s in Counseling and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and also a graduate of the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program from UCLA Anderson School of Business. Since 1973, Rosario has been responsible for the direction and administration of MLVS, overseeing its policies and procedures, monitoring program development, operations, fundraising and public relations. In 2001, Ms. Anaya was voted on to the Board of Directors for The Greenlining Institute, and also currently sits on the boards of New America Media and Paradigm Productions. In addition, Rosario serves on the St. Luke’s Hospital Community Advisory Council, the Latino Jewish Relations Committee, San Francisco Complete Count Committee for the Census 2010, and the San Francisco Latino Coalition.
Rosario was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Education by late Mayor George Moscone, and in citywide elections, she was elected to a 4-year term in 1978, 1982 and 1986, each time with the highest number of votes. She also served twice as School Board President and was the first Latin American woman elected to public office in the City’s history. Ms. Anaya has served on several boards and committees throughout her career, and is the recipient of many awards, notably the Order of Francisco de Miranda Medallion from the President of the Republic of Venezuela. Some of the other distinguished awards that she has received are from the Volunteers of America Bay Area, Inc., the Greenlining Institute, the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Californians for Solar and Clean Energy, and Hispanic Women Making History, and the Latino Heritage Month Education award. Most recently, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission.