Patty Rosati is a no-nonsense leader who has been carrying out the mission of Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. for over three decades.
She started with YAP in Philadelphia, before serving as Regional Director of the Southwest and was then promoted to Vice President of the area. Most recently she was tapped as YAP’s Chief Impact Officer where she will lead several strategic initiatives across the national nonprofit and report directly to YAP President Gary Ivory.
“Patty will help to coordinate projects of strategic importance and she will help ensure, along with others, that YAP is a high impact organization by assuring that initiatives are done well and on time,” Ivory said. “This fits nicely into our emphasis on performance management and continuous quality improvement. I am pleased to have Patty work alongside me to advance YAP’s mission.”
YAP serves 33 states and the District of Columbia, and has a 47-year history of providing community-based alternatives to youth incarceration, out-of-home child welfare, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities placements. The mission of YAP is to provide care for youths and their families by connecting them to economical, educational and emotional resources so that they and their communities have safe alternatives to institutional placement.
Rosati called her transition “bittersweet” and feels fortunate to be playing a bigger role in helping the agency expand and provide excellent services to YAP’s youth and families. Rosati’s new duties will move her away from her team where she oversaw youth justice, child welfare and workforce programs in Nevada, Arizona, California, Kansas, Colorado and Utah.
YAP Yavapai County, Arizona Program Director Patty Delp said Rosati was the best leader and mentor she’s ever worked with in her career.
“It has been such a pleasure working with Patty Rosati. She brings her experience, intelligence and encouragement to our youth and families with every encounter,” Delp said. “Hands down, I have no doubt that with Patty’s support we will build sustainability and be here to do this important work for the long haul. Thank you, Patty, and best wishes in your new leadership role.”
YAP Southwest Regional Director Nyeri Richards agrees with Delp, adding that Rosati “leads with ethics and morals; above all, always displaying compassion and provides sound guidance from an impartial lens.”
“When you see someone with such a commitment to the mission, agency, and her team receive her flowers, you can’t help but be emotional,” Richards said. “I am proud to have served under her and to call her my mentor.”
In addition to her dedication of YAP’s mission, Ivory said Rosati rose to leadership roles because of her amazing skills and tireless work ethic.
“Patty knows YAP’s model well and has been relied upon to train other leaders across the organization,” he added. “She will continue to work with leadership nationally.”