On February 3, 2016, Rossana Rosado was nominated as New York’s 67th Secretary of State and was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on June 15, 2016. Because of her unique depth and diversity of experience, Ms. Rosado’s leadership has made the Department one of the most dynamic agencies in State government, complementing the Governor’s vision to reimagine the Department of State as a vehicle to help reinvigorate the State’s economy and make our communities more livable.
Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Rosado was a dominant force in New York media for 27 years. A highly-respected journalist and an award-winning producer, Ms. Rosado quickly became a trailblazer for women. She was the first woman to hold the position of Editor-in-Chief of El Diario La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country and the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the Northeast. During her 18-year tenure, she established the paper as a leading entity for social and economic justice.
Since her appointment as Secretary, Ms. Rosado has been a key member of the Governor’s administration carrying out timely initiatives including social justice reform and economic and community revitalization throughout the State. She has led the Department through a modern restructuring, including the implementation of innovative local government and professional licensing programs. In 2017, Ms. Rosado implemented the County Wide Shared Services Initiative, which led to the submission of 34 specific county plans in its first year. In addition, through the Office for New Americans, she launched the Liberty Defense Project, a public-private initiative to bring critical legal services to immigrants regardless of status, ushering in improved and responsive services for immigrant New Yorkers.
To support the Department’s mission for economic planning and development, Ms. Rosado spearheads the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team, a multi-agency review of the Regional Economic Development Council competition, which helps to inform the state’s capital investments.
Ms. Rosado’s dedication as a public servant is far reaching. She has been at the forefront of issues relative to prisoner re-entry for over a decade and proudly co-chairs the Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration of New Yorkers, which was established as part of an ambitious criminal justice reform agenda. In addition, she is the chair of a collaborative effort among the Department of State, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the State Education Department to re-establish and expand the Barbering Program for incarcerated individuals. This initiative eases the complex re-entry transition by providing education, job skills and opportunity for state occupational licensure prior to release. She continues to work tirelessly to identify and provide solutions for removing barriers met by individuals re-entering into society from prison.
Ms. Rosado has received numerous awards for her superiority in her field, including an Emmy, a STAR award from the NY Women’s Agenda, the Peabody Award for Journalism and the NY Press Club President’s award, to name a few. Ms. Rosado is truly an inspiring woman who continues to address diversity and leadership in her community daily.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Rosado received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University and a Master in Criminal Justice from CUNY John J. College. She resides in Westchester County with her husband and two children.