Ms. Flores currently serves as the Program Administrator for the University of Southern California, Office of Civic Engagement and Economic Partnerships. She is an advocate for women entrepreneurs and local diverse small business communities. She oversees all aspects of Small Business Development Programming, including the Bridges to Business Success Program and USC Nonprofit Resilient Leaders and Capacity Building Program, among other outreach initiatives and projects involving university partners and the local communities surrounding the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus.

Previous to joining the university, Rocio worked at Resurrection School in Boyle Heights, where she was responsible for all development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. Rocio has worked in both the nonprofit and government sector and brings a wealth of knowledge related to program development, management, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.

She is currently the Vice President for the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, a Foundation Board Member for the National Association Women Business Owners – LA Chapter, and Steering Committee Member for CAMEO’s Entrepreneurship Advantage.

Rocio received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology Law and Society, as well as her master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame and is currently attending USC as an EdD student in Rossier’s Organizational Change and Leadership Program.

Rocio is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and mother of 3 beautiful children. She is passionate about community building and engagement and is a true champion for equity in our local communities. She currently resides in El Sereno with her family.