The nonprofit and tech startup founder
Name of Organization: Sprouting Leaders
Title: Vice President
Name of Organization: Rulis Trucking
Bio: Raul Rosas firmly believes in the power of mentorship, education and service, which inspired him to found Sprouting Leaders in 2013. Sprouting Leaders envisions a community where youth from all backgrounds, regardless of socioeconomic status, are offered an equal opportunity to learn, lead and thrive. The organization has invested more than 7,000 hours in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods and directly impacted over 300 middle school students.
The organization runs an after-school mentorship program with monthly community service events and an annual Secret Santa toy drive that provides gifts to hundreds of kids. Through its partnerships and collaborations, Sprouting Leaders has positioned itself to be the vehicle by which many young professionals can come together and give back to the community while gaining leadership experience.
As well as serving as the president of Sprouting Leaders, Raul Rosas is the vice president of Rulis Trucking, a family-owned-and-operated trucking company, and is the co-founder and CEO of Fluxee, a virtual reality technology startup, which was a part of the inaugural 1871 and Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Tech Incubator. He recently graduated from the Elmspring Accelerator program, which focuses on real-estate technologies.
Rosas holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting — with minors in finance and management information systems — and a certificate in entrepreneurial studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Rosas was born in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents.