Deputy Executive Director
Rosa Farias was raised in Wildwood, NJ, and graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to earn her master’s degree, graduating summa cum laude from the Rutgers University – School of Public Affairs and Administration in Newark. Prior to joining the CRDA, she was the Deputy Executive Director and Policy Director for the Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office, a subdivision of DCA which was created in Atlantic City as a result of the Jim Johnson Transition Report. Prior to coming to Atlantic City, she was the Director of Urban Policy for the New Jersey Senate Majority Office where her role as Director required her to work closely with the 26 Democratic Senators in the Senate to create policy and draft legislation ranging from housing to local government issues that affect urban communities. Aside from her work in the New Jersey Legislature, she was also appointed to Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team as Deputy Director for Policy – Education, Access & Opportunity, where she was the lead on higher education policy.
Among her accomplishments, Rosa has worked on policy addressing Atlantic City, foreclosures statewide, Super Storm Sandy, and she also helped pass legislation for student loan forgiveness for NJCLASS loans. Rosa has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rutgers University – School of Public Affairs and Administration where she taught community development, social capital building and public administration. She recently was honored by the New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Association as a Champion of Change as well as a Latina Pioneer from the Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) for the work she has done in the New Jersey Legislature. She has served as the Secretary of the Board for Emerge New Jersey where she was also a fellow in its charter class. She is a proud Big Sister to her Little Sister Stephanie as a member of the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization for more than six years.