Rosa Franco developed her career the two fields that she is most passionate about: economic development and adult education. She is Director of Lending at Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, where she oversees loan portfolio strategy, including design, planning, and implementation of lending products, as well as lending practices that promote financial empowerment of the unbanked, underbanked, and low income people. Rosa's role includes the leverage of impacts through strategic alliances with partner organizations. Rosa also teaches the class "Microfinances in the Americas" at the M.A. in the Study of the Americas Program, offered by the Center for Worker Education of the City College of New York (CCNY). Since 2013, Rosa holds the title of Leader In Residence at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY and works with fellows promoting their leadership and research skills on economic development. Rosa is originally from Peru where she earned two Master's Degrees in Business Administration, and Crop Production and also her engineering degree in Science Agriculture. Her experience working in urban and rural areas includes organizations as SEEP Network, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, Ford Foundation and others, in Peru and Latin American countries. In the US she earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at the Bernard M. Baruch College - CUNY. Rosa enjoys life and besides her job, she likes dancing, reading, the beach and does her best to balance her personal, professional and spiritual life.