She is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. She received a B.A. in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Since 1973, she has been responsible for the direction and administration of MLVS' employment and training programs. Her duties include implementation of MLVS policies and procedures, monitoring program development and operation, fundraising and public relations.During the years that Ms. Anaya has served as Executive Director, MLVS has purchased the school's 50,000 square feet facility. Each year, up to 300 trainees graduate and are placed in jobs. MLVS has strengthened ties between the school and private industry and has created vocational English as Second Language materials for publication and nationwide distribution.
Ms. Anaya was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Education by late Mayor George Moscone. In citywide elections, she was elected to a 4-year term in 1978, 1982 and 1986, each time elected 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 is a former member of the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Advisory Committee, as well as a Board Member of the Volunteers of America Bay Area, Inc. She has been a member of the Board of the Council of Great City Schools and Vice-President of the National Hispanic School Board Members Association. She has been a workshop facilitator for the National and California School Board Associations, and an appointee to the State Education Innovation and Planning Commission as well as the State Superintendent's Council on Hispanic Affairs.
Some of the awards that Ms. Anaya has received are from the Volunteers of America Bay Area, Inc., Real Alternative Program, Inc., Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) Woodrow Wilson High School, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Puerto Rican Organization for Women, the Irish-Israeli-Italian Society, the East Bay International Institute, the Association of Mexican-American Educators, the Protagonist Club, the Greenlining Institute, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Californians for Solar and Clean Energy, and Hispanic Women Making History. She was honored by the President of the Republic of Venezuela with the Order of Francisco de Miranda Medallion.
Among other activities, under former Mayors, Ms. Anaya has chaired the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee of the Mission Neighborhood Task Force and the Youth Guidance Center committee, and served on the KQED Board of Directors, the YWCA Board of Directors, and co-chaired the San Francisco-Caracas Sister City Committee. In December 2000, Ms. Anaya was appointed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to serve in the City's Digital Divide Task Force, and she has also served on the USF School of Education Advisory Board and the St. Luke's Hospital Community Advisory Council. In 2001, Ms. Anaya was voted onto the Board of Directors of the Greenlining Institute. In that role, she served as a member of the MCI Minority Consumer Advisory Council. Rosario also currently sits on the boards of New America Media and Paradigm Productions. In addition, Ms. Anaya is a member of the Latino-Jewish Relations Committee and the San Francisco Latino Coalition, and the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee. In 2009, she received the Latino Heritage Education Award in the City of San Francisco. Most recently, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission.
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