Vanessa Calderon-Rosado

Chair, Program Committee

Vanessa Calderon-Rosado

Since 2003, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado has led IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a non-profit and community development corporation which started in the South End of Boston to address the displacement of low-income families due to urban development. During Vanessa’s tenure, IBA has achieved a dramatic financial, operational, and programmatic turnaround, positioning it as the largest Latino-led nonprofit in Greater Boston.

In 2010, Vanessa became the first Latina in Massachusetts history appointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In November 2013, Mayor-elect Martin Walsh appointed Vanessa to co-lead his housing transition team. In April 2014, Mayor Walsh appointed her as a member of his newly formed Housing Task Force.

She currently serves as president of the Franklin Square House Foundation, vice president of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, a trustee of Eastern Bank, and as a member of community and diversity advisory councils for the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She also is a founding board member of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, the first dual-language innovation high school in Massachusetts.  She is a former Barr Foundation fellow and is a member of the 2017 Barr Fellows selection committee.  She is also a new member of TBF’s Latino Legacy Fund Advisory Committee.

Vanessa earned a PHD in public policy from UMass Boston in 2000, and has received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge College.  She received a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and graduated from University High School in San Juan, PR in 1982.

Vanessa lives in Milton with her husband, Miguel Rosado who is a Senior Vice President & Senior Commercial Lender at The Cooperative Bank.