Our Executive Director


Rossella De Leon is an educator, servant, and community leader. Steeped in experience through education and community leadership, Rossella uses her gifts for the uplifting of those struggling for a full and healthy life. Born in the Philippines, Rossella moved to the U.S. at a young age; after leading multiple missions back to communities in the Philippines, Rossella is seeing her dream to be in lifelong service to the Filipino people come true through the work of the Foundation for Philippine Progress, Inc.

Rossella took up Social Sciences for her Undergraduate Studies and proceeded to focus on Educational Leadership & Policy in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. She is a contributor in Salem Press’ Great Lives from History: Asian & Pacific Islander Americans.

She has served as the Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board for PSU Kaibigan, the Filipino American Student Association at Portland State University and was awarded the Dr. Mary Kinnick PACE Scholarship, an accolade given to an individual with an outstanding commitment to the advancement of social justice and educational access and equity in post-secondary education. Her life’s work is built on social justice and equity, a reflection of her ongoing desire for healthy and abundant life in the her motherland, the Philippines.