For the past five years, Mary Anne Rose, the Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Education, has brought together CSULB students and community volunteers to rebuild homes and improve lives in Long Beach.
Rose serves as president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Long Beach (RTLB), which restores owner-occupied homes for low-income residents, particularly the elderly, veterans, and those with disabilities. She provides leadership to RTLB's board and staff, oversees the coordination of workday events and directs an annual budget in excess of $300,000.
Since she became president in 2010, the number of homes RTLB repairs annually has increased from less than 10 to 25 in 2011 and 33 in 2013. RTLB also created the Community Stabilization Program to acquire, rehabilitate and sell homes to qualifying low or moderate income buyers. Since the program was created in 2010, RTLB has closed escrow on over 400 properties and rehabilitated and sold nearly 300 homes.
Through her leadership at both RTLB and CSULB, more than 100 Cal State Long Beach students volunteer each year on Make a Difference Day to perform repairs, paint and landscape the homes of RTLB recipients. In addition, Rose works closely with service learning students who serve as house captains or who are examining the effects of city ordinance enforcement on low-income home owners.
Professionally, Rose has been a leader in student affairs serving as a program reviewer for professional conferences and volunteering with the Western Regional Career in Student Affairs Day.
Rose earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at CSULB in 1999 and her master's degree in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at CSULB in 2002. She joined CSULB as a staff member that same year, working as a Program Coordinator for the Learning Alliance. In 2006 she became the Assistant Director of the Learning Alliance and last year she took on her current role in the College of Education. She has taught several courses at CSULB including CLA 490: Making a Difference with Leadership, CLA 195: Introduction to the Learning Community and University 100: The University in Your Future.