President, La Casa De Don Pedro
Peter T. Rosario is president and chief executive officer of La Casa de Don Pedro – New Jersey’s largest Latinx nonprofit serving Greater Newark’s most resilient Black and Brown communities.
Peter leads and serves with La Casa’s 280 employees, who collectively impact upwards of 50,000 people per year through programs that foster self-sufficiency, empowerment and neighborhood revitalization. As La Casa celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, Peter’s highest priorities include racial and social justice, affordable homeownership, high-quality early childhood education, and addressing the ongoing impact of Covid-19 that continues to disproportionally impact BIPOC communities.
Throughout his 26-year nonprofit career, Peter distinguished himself in multiple executive leadership, operational and fundraising roles for the YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America.
As president and CEO of the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River, N.J., Peter led a turnaround effort, attracting over 10,000 members and ultimately serving as the county’s leading provider of childcare, aquatics and wellness programs. Peter helped establish the Ocean County YMCA’s first-ever Summer Meals Program, which served 700 to 900 meals a day to residents experiencing food insecurity.
Peter also was senior vice president and chief operating officer for the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity, senior director of development for the YMCA of the Oranges, and served two terms on the Passaic City Board of Education as president, vice president and chairman of five committees.
Peter grew up in the South Bronx, N.Y., and his passion for community service began at an early age as a Boy Scout and member of his church. Peter is a Fordham University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications.