Originally from Zacatecas, Mexico, Rosa Inguanzo is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all families.
Since 2018, Rosa has been involved in various political movements, advocating for equal rights at the local and state levels as a volunteer, canvasser, and phone banker. As CNC’s Merced organizer, she oversees multiple projects impacting families in the city, such as sustainable housing and access to clean drinking water. In her role, Rosa collaborates closely with the University of California, Merced Community and Labor Center, where she has been instrumental in spearheading a CNC community housing committee to address the growing inequality that Merced residents are experiencing.
Under Rosa’s leadership, she and her team engaged thousands of households during the region’s 2020 U.S. Census outreach efforts. As a result of their tactics and her leadership, more than 58,000 residents from historically hard-to-count communities in Atwater, Delhi, Dos Palos, Le Grand, Livingston, Los Banos, Madera, Merced, Planada, and Winton were counted. Being counted in the census helped ensure that the hard-to-count communities received the appropriate federal funding needed to finish their neighborhoods. Through CNC’s “Tortillas y Mas” campaign, Rosa worked closely with local businesses to inform and motivate families about the census and conducted various interviews with Spanish-language media. Additionally, during the redistricting process, she connected with hundreds of families in Merced about drawing electoral district boundaries and participating in the educational workshops. During this time, Rosa collaborated with her neighbors to develop and submit the “106 Merced Forward Together Map,” and helped families prepare their public comments and testimonies that would be heard in various public sessions at City Hall.
Rosa continues to challenge herself daily and is currently enrolled in the FIELD Institute and Merced Community College.