CHRO, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
About San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance:
Who We Are
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international, nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors: the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We integrate wildlife health and care, science, and education to develop sustainable conservation solutions.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.
A World Where All Life Thrives
Rosa began her hospitality career in 1987 with Starwood Hotels & Resorts at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Early in her career, she demonstrated leadership qualities and was part of a team that helped change the culture at Sheraton. She received the Employee of the Year award in 1988, and again in 1990. Her career in management began in 1990, as she had mastered skills in employee relations, training, benefits, and recruiting. Rosa joined San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in 2005 as associate director of human resources, overseeing employee benefits and retirement plans, and assisting in employee relations. In 2010, she was promoted to director of human resources/benefits and proceeded to build trusting relationships with employees and leaders of the organization. In 2018, she was promoted to corporate director of human resources, overseeing the additional duties of talent acquisition, training, and development. She was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer in 2019.
Besides working to advance a world-famous working environment, Rosa specifically focuses on the areas of leadership development, succession planning, talent management, diversity and inclusion, change management, and organizational and performance management.
Rosa is a San Diego native. In 2003, she was the recipient of the San Diego County Hotel/Motel Association Gina Cesena Gold Key Award for outstanding service to the hospitality industry.