Director of programs
Aleah Rosario joined the CalSAC team in 2013. Before this, she worked with the Riverbank Unified School District's afterschool programs in the rural, Central Valley community where she grew up. During this time, Aleah attended CalSAC’S CA Afterschool & Summer Challenge and experienced two important values brought to life: giving voice to the things you care about; and valuing afterschool as a critical social service for families and communities. Immediately drawn to CalSAC after this experience, Aleah jumped at every opportunity to be involved, becoming an endorsed trainer and project leader, chapter leader and fellow of CalSAC's 2012 inaugural cohort of the Leadership Development Institute for Emerging Leaders of Color.
Aleah received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from CSU Stanislaus. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Afterschool Association as Afterschool’s Next Generation of emerging professionals. Aleah has and continues to serve on various strategic implementation committees of the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division and is a founding member of Sisters Inspiring Change, a group formed in 2015 that aims to increase opportunities in the field for women and girls of color. She was recently named a 2017-18 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow where she will study afterschool and expanded learning policy and develop a state-level policy plan in partnership with the California Afterschool Network and the National Afterschool Alliance.
Aleah is honored to now work on behalf of the organization that so significantly invested in and influenced her own development. As she continues to pursue a more equitable world, she is motivated by writers like Junot Diaz, the music of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and dancers like Misty Copeland. Early memories of walking the precincts, organizing neighborhood events and boycotting grapes has imparted in Aleah a deep responsibility to honor her family’s legacy of service, community, and justice.