Rose-Margaret Orrantia, Yaqui, and Tribal STAR Team Elder, completed her Bachelor and Master degrees at San Diego State University. She served in the Peace Corps in Peru from 1962-64. She worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. for 18 years.
Returning to San Diego, she served as the Executive Director of Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS), a State Licensed Foster Family and Adoption Agency serving the Tribal community in San Diego and Riverside Counties. Leaving ICFS she served as a consultant and grant writer to Indian Tribes and non-profit agencies for eight years and as the Director of Foster Family and Adoption Agencies in the non-Indian world. From 2004 to 2015 she served as part of the team that founded Tribal STAR and as Program Director until her retirement.
Currently she is self-employed. She serves on the Tribal STAR advisory council. She served as an Advisory Board member for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes (CBC4T’s) for 9 years and also as a consultant helping to develop new materials. She serves on the Tribal STAR advisory council as well as a board member for a new non-profit, Acorns to Oaks.