Leadership is inspiring people to set high goals and empowering them to reach those goals.
— Rose Pugliese

Rose graduated with honors from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Japanese. She has a law degree from St. John's University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York and Florida.

Rose is a dedicated member of the community who is committed to transparent, accessible government and is accountable to the people she serves. She is a strong fiscal conservative and believes that the role of a commissioner is to create a well-managed, business friendly county that is a responsible steward of the taxpayer’s dollar.

Rose is passionate about strengthening the economy of western Colorado. As a Commissioner, Rose’s tenacity resulted in collaboration of innovative economic development programs and policies. Her determination to create a vibrant economy in Mesa County have resulted in assisting securing additional daily, new direct flights to markets that are necessary for continued economic success for the community. Rose continues to be a voice for western Colorado, by working with governmental leaders to support the Jordan Cove project, which will help grow the energy sector of her community. Rose is on the front lines of prospect recruitment and expansions, along with our local economic development partners. 

In addition to serving as a Mesa County Commissioner, Rose, is an advocate for the community and is involved in many of the organizations that work together to grow the economy in Mesa County. She serves on the following Boards and Committees:

  • 2017 Governing Magazine Advisory Board

  • Board of Human Services

  • Board of Equalization

  • Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) – past President of the Western District;  Chair of the General Government Legislative Committee; Legislative Committee

  • Club 20, Public Lands Advisory Committee

  • Child Welfare Allocation Committee Co-Chair

  • Grand Junction Economic Partnership Board

  • Orchard Mesa Pool Board

  • Western Colorado Business Incubator Board

  • Air Service Task Force

Additionally, Rose is a member of Rotary and participates in many community service projects.

Rose and her husband live in Ochard Mesa with their daughter and son.