Regional Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross of Central New York
Rosie Taravella became the Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Central New York in early 2012, overseeing the organization’s service delivery, fundraising efforts, and brand visibility throughout 16 Central New York counties In late 2014, her region was expanded to include Western New York. She now provides oversight for 26 counties, including Onondaga, Monroe, Erie, and others.
Originally from Central New York, Rosie spent several years in Los Angeles as a writer and an actor, appearing in such television productions as Who’s the Boss, Married With Children, Full House, and others. Her play, The Wives, was produced in Hollywood in 1994 and directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. In 1999, she co-wrote and starred in Carlo’s Wake, a comedy film based on her play Pa’s Funeral, which also starred Oscar winners Martin Landau and Rita Moreno.
Following her entertainment career, Taravella began raising funds and administering arts and educational institutions, including Los Angeles Opera, where she earned the company’s first NEA grant for its main stage productions. At Mount St. Mary’s College, she co-managed a capital campaign that raised $40 million in two years for facilities improvements and scholarships.