Rosa Esperanza González is a teacher, writer, and visual/performing artist. Teaching middle school in East Oakland, her commitment is to nurturing young leaders and new voices. Outside of teaching, Rosa is a member of headRush, a guerrilla performance crew dedicated to inspiring working class communities through a blend of spoken word and teatro-style political satire. She is also a founding member of Las Man@s, an all-women’s writing and performance group and belongs to the End-dependence Poet’s Collective. In 2002, she wrote and directed her first play, “My Camino Real,” produced by Los Del Pueblos Actors’ Lab and staged at MACLA in San Jose. She writes to evoke spirit, inspire young people and honor her ancestors. Rosa has a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford and a Masters in Teaching from the Arts in Education program at the University of San Francisco.