Rose Mayes is a community activist who has over 30 years of experience in Business Management, Civil Rights, and Fair Housing. She is involved in the community as a professional and community volunteer. Her work extends from grassroots community-based organizations, to public administrators, to local State and Federal elected officials.
Furthermore, Rose serves as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc., a position she has held since 1993. She is committed to promoting fair housing opportunities for all regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. Under her outstanding leadership, the council has received numerous grants, expanded program services and increased staff. She was recently acknowledged at a HUD conference for her foresight in addressing the foreclosure crisis that still affects many families.
Ms. Mayes is an influential community leader who has served. She has served on numerous boards and commissions at the local and regional levels: the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visionaries Foundation, Houston Retail Records Association, Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc, the United Negro College Fund, Community Connect, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Evergreen Historic Cemetery, Black History Month Committee, and the Amos Temple CME Church.
Rose feels passionate about feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, giving back to the community to help provide better services to the underserved, care for seniors, mentoring children, and giving back to the community overall. Some of her favorite community projects include: the Dr. Martin King, Jr. Statue, The Grier Pavilion on 7th Floor at City Hall, the naming of the Dr. Martin King Street and School. Her latest project includes preparing for the Development of the Fair Housing Building Project, which will consist of a Civil Rights Institute, Multi-Media Center and Workforce Housing.
Rose has devoted many years to empowering individuals, reaching out to youth, eliminating racism and promoting diversity. She is renowned for her energy, patience and kindness; and firmly believes that, “You may not be responsible for being down, but you are responsible for getting up.” This maxim inspires Rose Mayes to stretch and grow above and beyond conventional norms. A dynamic and compassionate humanitarian, Rose holds high expectations of herself and her community; and she is not afraid to work hard for what she believes in. Some of her favorite community awards include: the Spirit of the City award, the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder’s award, and the YWCA Woman of Achievement award.
A woman of deep faith and conviction, Rose credits God as her source of inspiration and boundless energy to tackle the specific social justice issues she feels compelled to help improve.