Rosemarie Allen, EdD, has served as a leader in early childhood education for over 35 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services where she was responsible for the state’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the state’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines. Rosemarie is a faculty member with the Pyramid Equity Project, is a respected keynote speaker, and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate Degree in Leadership for Equity in Education from the University of Colorado, Denver.