Rick Rose is an Emmy award winning producer who works for Discover Mediaworks, based on Madison’s Eastside. He is also a social activist and entrepreneur. Born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin, Rick is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Beloit College, after starting his college career at Bennington College following his senior year of high school in Osaka, Japan. Fluent in Japanese, German, and English, he is an active fighter for equality, children’s and women’s rights and an advocate for those living with AIDS, addiction, abuse and cancer. He serves on the Wisconsin Statewide HIV/HCV Statewide Action Planning Group and co-chaired the Pride in Prevention Coalition addressing the opiod crisis in Dane Co. He travels the country speaking on Community Grieving as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
He has volunteered for economic betterment projects and has led sustainability efforts in New York City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Hannibal, Mo., Shreveport, La. and now Madison, Wis. where he has lived for five years. He is an active member of Heartland Church in Sun Prairie.
Discussion with Director of Dane County Land & Water Resources Department Laura Hicklin