School of Nursing

Rose Gonzalez, PhD

Dr. Rose Gonzalez is an accomplished executive who served for more than 20 years in government relations leadership roles for the American Nurses Association. Currently, she is a consultant for the Movement is Life Caucus, where she provides healthcare expertise and strategic advice to the multi-disciplinary coalition seeking to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in muscle and joint health.

As director of government relations for the American Nurses Association, she devised and executed strategies to strengthen relationships between the ANA, the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and top nursing and professional organizations. She led the team that secured various nursing provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, secured grant funding to launch and sustain the ANA’s Nurse Advocacy Institute and Nurse Institute Fellows, and oversaw the team charged with ANA PAC’s representation to the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions.

She also held leadership roles in a number of professional associations, including vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and co-chair of the executive committee of the National Organizations Responding to AIDS. She is currently a member of the Greater Prince William Community Health Center Board of Directors and the National Project Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.

She earned a BS in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, an MPS in Health Care Administration from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a PhD in Nursing from George Mason University.