Rose Walker Williams was born in Mandeville, Manchester and grew up in Westmoreland and Kingston, Jamaica. She migrated to the United States at age 10 to live in Brooklyn, New York with her mother Betty and her three sisters. She was raised by a single mother because her father died when she was only 10 months old. Rose attended high school in New York, and college and law school. She had the pleasure of working on Capitol Hill as an Intern and that helped cement her political activism. Her schooling and life was interrupted by a diagnosis of Lupus that she continues to live with today.
She practiced law for three years in New York for and relocated in Florida to marry her high school sweetheart Dr. John Williams. In Florida Rose practiced Real Estate law for 10 years and retired to become a full-time mom and philanthropist. She is the mother of two beautiful sons.
Rose found her passion in advocating for underprivileged youth and was recognized by Take Stock Broward County Florida as its mentor of the year in 2019 for her unwavering support of mentoring several high school students to ensure their success.
When her mother Betty died, Rose and her three sisters created MAMA Foundation in honor of their mother. The sisters give scholarships to young people in the United States and in Jamaica. They have nurtured several Jamaicans through university with tuition, room and board and mentorship who would otherwise have been unable to achieve a tertiary education. The Foundation also organizes a yearly medical mission to rural Jamaica that is supported by Rose’s husband Dr. John Williams. The team regularly treats hundreds of Jamaicans in communities and government institutions to ensure they are healthy.
Rose credits her mother for her passion and will to survive and in gratitude for her journey and where life has taken her, Rose selflessly gives back to her community in America and her beloved Jamaica to ensure the next generation has access to education.