Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap has dedicated much of her career to Seattle Colleges. She stepped in as acting chancellor in July 2022 and was appointed chancellor by the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees in August 2023.
Rimando-Chareunsap served as interim chancellor from October 2022 until August 2023, and president of South Seattle College from 2018 until July 2022. She also served as the vice chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Seattle Colleges district. She has been supporting the students and her community of colleagues at South since 2000, when she started as a student success specialist in the TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs, working with first generation college-bound youth in the area.
Rimando-Chareunsap is also a recognized collaborative leader and colleague across the Seattle district, having served as a board member for the White Center Community Development Association. She contributed to the city-wide effort to implement Mayor Jenny Durkan's ambitious Seattle Promise program by representing the colleges in this effort and serving on the City's Design team to implement the work.
In addition to her leadership at South and across the district, Rimando-Chareunsap has been a leader on a statewide level serving on the executive committee of the Washington State Student Services Commission, where she focuses on equity across our state by leading statewide efforts supporting DREAMer students, and other efforts to strengthen equity approaches in student affairs. She has been recognized nationally for her leadership and commitment to equity and was nominated twice for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship program by leaders of national community college partnership organizations.
Rimando-Chareunsap holds a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies from Washington State University (WSU), a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a Doctorate of Education from WSU.