By Mac Cerullo
---- — AMESBURY — Rosalin Acosta, an Amesbury resident and TD Bank executive, has been honored as a Community Hero by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts for her promotion of minority outreach in the North Shore region.
Acosta, who moved to the U.S. from Cuba when she was 4 and now works as TD Bank’s New England director of Wealth Management, was honored along with 10 others by the Red Cross at its annual Community Heroes Breakfast held in Danvers last week.
The Red Cross chose Acosta because of her mentorship of young Hispanics and her tireless outreach to minority communities. According to her Red Cross biography, she was driven by her own experiences as an immigrant to help children gain access to the same kinds of opportunities that she had growing up.
“I’m an immigrant and a child of immigrants, so giving those kids access today so they can hopefully fast track their careers is one thing I love to do,” Acosta said.
Beyond her daily banking work, Acosta serves as co-founder and co-chair of the Latino Executive Council at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she is dedicated to helping raise money for Hispanic children who need treatment at the hospital.
“We call it Milagros Para Niños, which means Miracles for Children in Spanish,” Acosta said. “And the sole purpose of that organization is to raise money for Hispanic kids treated at Children’s. In the three years we’ve been doing this we’ve raised over $1 million for this particular cause.
“I’m also very involved with another fund that we’re starting through the Boston foundation called the Latino Legacy Fund,” Acosta added. “It promotes Latino leadership in the greater-Boston area and eventually we’ll spread throughout Massachusetts.”
Over the years, Acosta has also served on the board of the New England Council for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and she uses her role in the Massachusetts Healthcare Disparities Commission and the Board of Appeals for the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance to help other minority groups as well.
Locally, she has also served as a trustee for the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, a director for both the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and the Essex County Foundation, and a recent chair of the Danvers-based North Shore Chamber of Commerce.
Given her extensive body of work, Acosta was seen by many within TD Bank as an obvious choice for the Red Cross community hero award. Acosta said she was nominated by two of her TD Bank co-workers, and she added that it was a big shock when she found out three weeks ago that she had won.
“It’s a huge word, hero, and when I think of heroes I think of people saving lives, so I was very humbled by it and obviously very honored,” Acosta said. “The Red Cross is just an incredible organization … to be honored by them is truly spectacular.”