She was born in Cottage Grove, but after her parents
split up, Rose Wilde lived with her mother and went to
school in Maryland. She returned to Oregon for summers on
her father's garlic farm in Horton. Wilde studied
anthropology at Rice and spent a year with Americorps in DC.
"I was providing support for families where a parent had
HIV," she notes. She moved to Eugene in 1999 and worked for
four years at Womenspace. "My job was education, working
with youth around domestic violence," she says. "I went to
every high school, every year." Wilde returned to school in
2004, commuting to OSU for a Masters in Public Health
program. There she taught a class on HIV and also became an
activist in the statewide union for graduate student
employees. At her graduation in June, Wilde was honored with
an Award for Excellence in Service. She'll be looking for
work at a non-profit or a research operation following an
August wedding. "Rose is extra bright, she can execute, and
she is really fun," says Margo Schaefer of Womenspace.
"Whoever gets her is one lucky organization."
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 20 July 2006