Rosa grew up in wine country, Sonoma Valley, in the city of Sonoma. Growing up here helped feed her passion for horticulture, botany, and wine. Rosa went to Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred to UC Davis in 2011 as an undergraduate student in the V&E department. During her two years at Davis she's worked in Dr. Andy Walker’s Lab as a research lab assistant helping with Pierce's disease, new rootstocks, and powdery mildew projects. After graduating in the Fall 2013, she plans to work many harvest internships around the world. Rosa loves anything to do with birds and being outside and is an avid gardener, hiker, bird watcher, and runner.