Rocio Cifuentes

Rocio is an experienced, committed and values-driven third sector professional with over 15 years' experience specifically in the BME Third Sector in Wales. Rocio has led and developed EYST Wales since its inception in 2005, giving her specific knowledge of the BME Third sector in Wales and its specific strengths and challenges. EYST Wales currently shares with Race Council Cymru the representative role for Race under WCVA's Third Sector Partnership Council. EYST is also currently Welsh Government's appointed Lead Body for Race in Wales.

Rocio is an individual of high integrity, driven and led by her commitment to human rights and equality, based on her lived experience.  Rocio is the daughter of political refugees from Chile, who came to Wales with her as a baby and settled in Swansea. Brought up in Swansea, Rocio went on to attend Cambridge University, where she read Social and Political Science. Since 2017 she has been a Wales committee member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Rocio is also Chair of the Welsh Refugee Coalition, a successful network of over 40 organisations working to strengthen the voice of refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. Rocio has extensive knowledge of the wider third sector in Wales, having previously served on WCVA's Board from 2012 to 2015, and on CWVYS's board from 2012-2018.

Rocio is looking forward to contributing to WCVA's mission to support the third sector in Wales, and will bring her unique expertise on race, refugee, asylum and human rights issues to this role.