New York Secretary of State to Give Keynote Address at York Graduation
From becoming the first woman to serve as Editor and Publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, to championing prisoner re-entry initiatives, to her work as an award-winning producer, Rossana Rosado brings a depth and diversity of experience to her role as New York Secretary of State. Governor Cuomo appointed Secretary Rosado to the position on February 3, 2016 and she was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 15, 2016. Her leadership has helped make the Department of State one of the most dynamic agencies in State government.
Secretary Rosado is best known for her successful tenure as the Publisher & CEO of El Diario La Prensa, where she spent 18 years, overseeing more than $22 million in annual revenue. Whether it was women's empowerment, the re-entry and reintegration of prisoners into society, or a fairer and more humane immigration policy, Secretary Rosado advocated in the paper's editorial pages for advancement on issues affecting a wide array of New Yorkers. She solidified the paper, and herself, as influential leaders for social and economic justice. During her 30-year media career, Secretary Rosado earned an Emmy Award, a STAR Award from the NY Women's Agenda, and a Peabody Award for Journalism.
Secretary Rosado is equally accomplished in her roles in public service. She served on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2012 to 2015. Secretary Rosado was a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice prior to joining the Cuomo administration, and has been a member of the College's Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012. She has served as an advisor to elected officials on their transition teams at the highest levels in the City and State.
Along with her roles in business and public service, Secretary Rosado has been personally involved in issues with respect to prisoner re-entry. She Chairs Governor Cuomo's Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration of New Yorkers returning from prison and served on Governor David Paterson's Task Force on Juvenile Justice. She has taught at Sing Sing and Otisville Correctional Facilities in New York State.
A native New Yorker, Secretary Rosado received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University.
For more information about the ceremony, please visit the College’s Commencement website.