Rossanna Salazar is managing partner of ROSS Communications Inc., a Texas-based public affairs and strategic communications firm that has served domestic and international clients since 1993. ROSS provides services that include issue management, strategic counsel, earned and social media, coalition building, and grassroots development.
Prior to founding ROSS Communications, Ms. Salazar served in 1993 as press secretary to the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Before joining Mrs. Hutchison’s campaign, Ms. Salazar served as communications director for then-Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry. She was Mr. Perry’s chief media spokesman and served as a member of his senior staff of advisors.
Ms. Salazar previously served as press secretary and chief speechwriter for Governor Bill Clements. Ms. Salazar worked for Governor Clements from January 1987 to January 1991.
She began her career as a reporter for Texas newspapers. She was a political writer for the San Antonio Light and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. Ms. Salazar’s reporting experience in San Antonio began in 1983 at the San Antonio Express, where she covered local government affairs.
In 2011, Ms. Salazar was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Business, a member of the board of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and serves as chairman of the Clements Legislative Scholars, a program of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.
Ms. Salazar holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her term on the Board of Regents expires in 2017.