On the passing of Ms. Rosario Anaya
Executive Director (former)
Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc.
On behalf of the family of Rosario Anaya, and MLVS’ Board of Directors, we want to thank you for your condolences and prayers.
MLVS thanks everyone for their support, strength, and work during this difficult time.
On behalf of MLVS’ Board of Directors, staff, and students, it is with great sadness that we are announcing the sudden passing of Rosario Anaya to cancer. As you know, Rosario was the Executive Director of MLVS for over 40 years – a pillar of the Latino community in the Mission district, San Francisco, and throughout California.
Rosario’s legacy cannot be understated, centered on the empowerment, advocacy, and continual fight for Latinos and underserved communities. She inspired hundreds of thousands through her work: as the first Latina elected to public office in San Francisco, as a member and then president of the School Board; to her pivotal role in massive campaigns and coalitions for social and economic justice; to sitting down one-to-one just a few months ago with a young Latina entering MLVS’ Medical Assisting program. With sitting Mayors from Moscone, Alioto, and Agnos, to Newsom and the Honorable Mayor Lee, Rosario became a voice for many that otherwise may not have been heard.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to know Rosario will remember her enduring class, the dignity in which she fought, and her nonstop, unapologetic advocacy for some of the most at-risk populations in the Bay Area. MLVS wishes to express its thought and tribute to you; for without your support, sponsorship, partnership, friendship, and care, none of the school’s accomplishments or Rosario’s vision for empowering la gente would be possible. Thank you again for all of your support and consideration over the years. MLVS will carry on its mission, advocacy, and essential programs and services in Rosario’s spirit.
We look forward to paying formal tribute to Rosario in the near future, and are buoyed in her passing by your friendship and support. In lieu of flowers or gifts, it is the expressed desire of Rosario’s family that any donation be made to the Rosario Anaya Scholarship Fund (RASF) for Latinos and Latinas in the Mission. Please click on the link below, or checks may be mailed to this fund at 2929 – 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.
¡Viva Rosario! Con alma, con corazón.
Rosario Anaya was the Executive Director of Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS) for over 40 years until her death in 2015. Originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia, she received a B.A. in Public Administration, a Master’s in Counseling and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and is also a graduate of the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program from UCLA Anderson School of Business. Since 1973, Rosario was responsible for the direction and administration of MLVS, overseeing its policies and procedures, monitoring program development, operations, fundraising, and public relations.
In 2001, Ms. Anaya was voted on to the Board of Directors for The Greenlining Institute, and sat on the boards of New America Media and Paradigm Productions, and is a former Vice President and member of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission. Rosario was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Education by late Mayor George Moscone, and in citywide elections, she was elected to 4-year terms in 1978, 1982 and 1986. She also served twice as School Board President and was the first Latin American woman elected to public office in the City’s history.
Ms. Anaya served on several boards and committees throughout her career, and is the recipient of many awards, including from the Volunteers of America Bay Area, Inc., the Greenlining Institute, the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Californians for Solar and Clean Energy, Hispanic Women Making History, and the Latino Heritage Month Education award. Most notably, the Order of Francisco de Miranda Medallion from the President of the Republic of Venezuela, and in 2012, the OHTLI Award from the Mexican government.