Rose Acerra has been a dedicated PTA advocate since her first of three boys entered school over 24 years ago. She was elected to the board of directors in June 2019 and is honored to continue her PTA journey during her two-year term. At the national level, Acerra currently serves on the National PTA Bylaws Committee and has previously served on the Elections, Field Service Committee and Convention Arrangements committees.
Acerra serves as the immediate past president and the federal legislative chair for New Jersey PTA. As president of New Jersey PTA, Acerra led efforts to pass legislation that included cameras on school bus extension arms to deter cars from speeding past school buses. She advocated for a fairer state education funding formula, and for higher academic standards for all students across the state.
She also worked to get parents a seat at the table whenever it was important to have a parent voice. New Jersey PTA is now a critical resource and partner with other education associations, helping to ensure that students receive the education they deserve. Acerra's efforts were recognized in 2017, when she was presented with the National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year award.
With a goal of demonstrating the value of PTA, Acerra led a team of New Jersey PTA board members to recruit new members with resulted in an increase in membership for the first time in 12 years, and also greater customer satisfaction and relationship building with local PTA leaders.
Acerra enjoys sharing her passion for PTA with others and spending time with her family that includes her husband, Robert and her three sons, Robert Jr, Richard and Raymond. In her spare time, she loves the beach, cruises and reading.