As a bilingual, bicultural, and bisexual millennial, Rosemary Linares holds the themes of racial equity and social justice close to her heart. Her identities and work experiences have inspired her to promote revolutionary acts. Being a child of a Cuban immigrant, she uses the term “revolutionary” in a sincere and delicate way. Since launching the first Gay-Straight Alliance in her high school in Michigan, Rosemary has devoted her work and studies to promoting social justice across the lines of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, disability, age, and religion.
She is the founder of Cross Movement Social Justice Consulting, and for the past decade has worked to advance social justice by increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations and building alliances across social movements. She has worked with an extensive portfolio of clients in a variety of sectors. Serving as co-coordinator of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation invigorates her commitment to co-liberation and justice.
Rosemary graduated in 2010 from New York University with a Master of Public Administration. Prior to graduate school, she was a program assistant at the Arcus Foundation, a global foundation working to advance LGBTQIA+ equity, as well as the conservation and preservation of the great apes. Her studies in Latino, Africana, and women’s issues at Antioch College gave her a deeper and broader understanding of the inherent richness and resilience of traditionally marginalized communities. Her time as an undergraduate student living in Cuba, Mexico, and Ecuador built on that understanding.