Rose Acerra

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2021 Board Member Candidates (2021-2023 Term) Nominee

Rose Acerra
Oakhurst, NJ
PTA Member of Ocean Township SEPTA, Ocean, New Jersey

Personal and Professional Information

  • Married to Rob Acerra and mother of Robert, Richard, and Raymond
  • We Raise NJ, Interim Executive Director
  • Parliamentarian (National Association of Parliamentarians and American Institute of Parliamentarians)

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • National PTA Member Representative to the Board of Directors
  • National PTA Governance Policy Task Force Chair
  • National PTA Finance Committee
  • New Jersey PTA Immediate Past President
  • New Jersey PTA Federal Legislative Chair
  • Ocean Township SEPTA, Secretary
  • Member of numerous local and state PTAs

Previous service includes:

  • New Jersey PTA State President
  • National PTA Bylaws Committee
  • National PTA Convention- Arrangement Committee
  • National PTA National Constituent Association Advisory Council Vice-Chair
  • National PTA Convention-Elections, Committee Member
  • National PTA Field Service Committee Member

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Township of Ocean Celebration Committee
  • Various Education Committee Stakeholder Committees

Previous service includes:

  • NJ Governor Education transition team member
  • Boy Scouts of American Leader
  • St. Dorothea’s Church, CCD Instructor

Honors and Awards

  • National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year 2017
  • National PTA Life Achievement Award
  • New Jersey PTA Life Member
  • New Jersey PTA Meritorious Award

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Candidate Narrative

Rose Acerra
Candidate for Board Member (2021-2023 Term)

It is my honor to ask for your support to continue serving the National PTA as a Member Representative of the Board of Directors.  As I think back to my early involvement in PTA, I realize that I joined PTA for ME; I wanted to meet new friends, be a room parent, and get to know my children's teachers.  As the years went by and I became a local PTA leader, it was then that I discovered the real reason I continued in PTA.  In the words of Lewis Carrol, "One of the deep secrets in life is that all that is worth doing is what "WE" do for others" Yes!  This is why I PTA!  I am proud when I tell people that my PTA journey has defined me as a compassionate and collaborative parent leader.


In my first term as a member of the Board of Directors, I served on the Bylaws Committee. My Parliamentary knowledge allowed me to propose procedures to improve the way we conduct our business.  I am currently a Finance Committee member, offering solutions that will keep our association financially sound and help manage our fiscal resources.   As the Governance Policy Task Force Chair, I lead a team that recommends our board's policies, increasing our effectiveness while setting fair and equitable procedures for our governance.  

I look forward to the opportunity to continue representing you and all parent leaders from a local, state, and national perspective.   I am excited for the challenge that will permit me to continue to work on policies and initiatives that will make our association even better.

When elected, I will continue my commitment, passion, and service to YOU, our members who are the leaders of today, and our association's future.