Rosana Franco is a Policy Associate at the LA Food Policy Council. Through this role, she is the staff liaison to the Urban Agriculture and Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Working Groups, as well as the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign. Additionally, Rosana sits on the coordinating committee of the California Food and Farming Network, a coalition of different organizations advancing fair food and farming policies across California. Rosana brings her passion for food and nutrition, environmental justice, and economic development to her policy portfolio, where she seeks to elevate policies that create a more just food system.
In 2016, Rosana graduated from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a Master's in Urban Planning and completed a capstone titled "Putting the Gardens in Mar Vista Gardens: Urban Agriculture in a Public Housing Site," a project for the LA Food Policy Council that provided analysis and recommendations on food growing in public housing. Prior to graduate school, she served as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow and lived in Chicago, Washington, DC, and the Bay Area. A proud golden bear, Rosana received her Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Spanish & Portuguese from UC Berkeley and studied abroad her mother's native Zacatecas, Mexico.
Rosana calls Long Beach home and previously worked for the City of Long Beach as part of the Management Assistant Program, a year-long fellowship in city management.