Carolyn Rose-Avila is president of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, an organization that recruits professionals to volunteer with development and humanitarian initiatives throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Previously, Rose-Avila was the senior policy advisor for the Americas for World Vision (WV), focusing on legislation addressing humanitarian concerns in Haiti and Colombia. She also served as WV regional director for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean, responding to disasters throughout the Americas.
From 1995-2001, Rose-Avila was regional director of Latin America and the Caribbean for Save the Children. She managed the organization's relief operations in Nicaragua during hurricane Mitch. Before that, she was the director of international development programs and director of grants training and development for WV, overseeing the development of USAID grants in Africa and Asia.
She has held many other positions such as that of director of the Overseas Development Office of the Episcopal Church; consultant to the Inter-American Foundation; director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Overseas Education Fund; and Peace Corps director in Guatemala. Rose-Avila was herself a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela. She has worked for the Carter Presidential Center on programs to strengthen democracy in Latin America, provided training in primary health care in Uganda, and was a training consultant for the World Health Organization in Nigeria.
Rose-Avila worked with migrant farm workers in Colorado and did graduate and undergraduate studies in applied anthropology at the University of Colorado.