Chief of Staff/Senior Advisor
Administration for Native Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rosie Gomez has dedicated nearly 20 years to public service in the United States federal government. She has served in senior leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spanning across subject areas such as human trafficking prevention, child welfare, early childhood development, and Tribal affairs. Currently, Ms. Gomez serves as the Chief of Staff/Senior Advisor to the Commissioner in the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). In this role, she plans and directs all operational activities and provides oversight on special initiatives to enhance the well-being of Tribal children and families. Ms. Gomez has also served as the lead for addressing the issue of human tracking with the child welfare population at HHS. In her role as Senior Policy Advisor on Trafficking Prevention, she created a more cohesive and tactical approach towards anti-trafficking initiatives. In 2014, she planned a National Convening with the White House to bring together leaders from every State representing child welfare, law enforcement, and courts to address trafficking within their States. In 2019, she led the planning of the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, which included 2000 in person and virtual participants focused on ensuring that children and families have the necessary supports to thrive. Ms. Gomez has provided oversight to millions of federal dollars focused on the topics of human trafficking, child maltreatment prevention, early childhood development and public health initiatives.
Ms. Gomez has also been an important advocate for her Hispanic colleagues. In 2018, she was chosen by her peers to be the Chair for the first Hispanic Employee Resource Group, Amigos de ACF, at the Administration for Children and Families within HHS. In 2015, she was chosen for the Emerging Alumni Award for Colorado State University, and in 2017, was chosen as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year for Western New Mexico University.
Ms. Gomez completed her Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University.