“My travels across the country launched my awareness of the ways place impacts education and wealth potential.”
Evalynn Rosado is earning her MBA at Ross School of Business, and she is breaking new ground for Latina women at U-M. A proud first-generation college student, Evalynn is also the first Hispanic MBA Council President in Ross history. She has previously worked in the architecture and nonprofit industries, including at Project for Public Spaces in New York City. As MBA Council President, Evalynn is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds feel welcome at Ross.
Evalynn is passionate about place-based community and economic development, an interest she first discovered at age 12 when her family moved from Seattle to rural Oklahoma. The move was challenging: to Evalynn, Oklahoma felt like “the other side of the world.” However, living in a new place also gave her a unique perspective. She explains, “My travels across the country launched my awareness of the ways place impacts education and wealth potential.” In her current work, Evalynn considers the way factors like relationships, educational systems, and job opportunities help people feel connected to a place. She says, “Ultimately, I want to guide the private sector to support historically disenfranchised communities through economic development and strategic investments.”
Evalynn also believes in using her education to help others. While working in Oklahoma, she helped jumpstart the initiative Build in Tulsa, which supports Black entrepreneurship in the city, and created a social innovation program to support women-owned businesses. She is a former volunteer firefighter, an avid podcast listener, a bicyclist, and a public art enthusiast. Her colleagues praise her grace and perseverance and say, “She is a natural leader, fearless in her desire to make a real difference.”
CEW+ commends Evalynn’s compassionate leadership and names her the Helen Huff Shell Scholar.