Retiring after 32 years with the California Nurses Association, RoseAnn DeMoro was executive director of National Nurses United, as well as the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee - the largest professional and labor organization of registered nurses in the U.S. She is one of the nation’s preeminent advocates for genuine healthcare reform and working people.
Under her stewardship as executive director, National Nurses United:
- Formed in 2009 as the first national union of, by, and for the nation’s registered nurses and the fastest-growing U.S. union, now with more than 150,000 members.
- Inspired the founding of the first international organization of unions of directcare RNs and other healthcare workers from six continents, Global Nurses United.
- Won enactment of the nation’s first safe RN–to-patient ratios law in California, which has now been proposed in states across the nation.
- Won many of the best collective bargaining agreements for RNs in the United States in compensation, retirement security, and improved patient care conditions.
RoseAnn brought RNs across the nation together to lead the campaign to extend and improve Medicare to cover all patients and create a system of guaranteed health care. Senator Bernie Sanders marked RoseAnn’s seminal contribution to the fight for single payer healthcare for all Americans, saying: “When that vote in Congress takes place which guarantees healthcare to all…history will look back, and I mean this with all sincerity, look at the National Nurses United, look at RoseAnn DeMoro, and say thank you very much for making sure that all of us have the healthcare that we need.”
Featured in prominent profiles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week, and the Chicago Tribune, RoseAnn has also appeared on a number of national and California news programs, including Bill Moyers Journal, CBS’s 60 Minutes, PBS’s Now, and the Lehrer News Hour.
RoseAnn has been named “America’s Best & Brightest” by Esquire magazine, dubbed “The Most Influential Woman You’ve Never Heard Of” by More magazine, honored as among “America’s Most Influential Women” by MSN, and is one of only five people to be cited among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” for the past 15 consecutive years by Modern Healthcare magazine. RoseAnn also serves as National Vice President and Executive Boardmember of the AFL-CIO.
RoseAnn lives in Napa County and has been evacuated twice due to recent wildfires, watching neighbors lose their homes. She was the 2006 recipient of the Phillip Burton Public Service Award at Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Awards.