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Meet Our Founders: Marcus Howard

Marcus Howard, Ph.D.

ROSA – MICRO Spring 2022

Published September 14, 2022

As part of our ‘Meet Our Founders’ series today, we introduce Marcus Howard, Ph.D., CEO of ROSA based in Chapel Hill, NC. ROSA is a mental health counseling friend for students that combines emotional data tracking, powerful data analytics, and licensed professionals to provide on-demand mental health support.

Q: What are you most excited about right now? What keeps you up at night?

A: I am most excited about the opportunity to improve the lives of millions of young people who are experiencing mental health challenges that limit their ability to learn in the classroom.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about starting your own company?

A: I’ve enjoyed bringing to life a solution that is addressing a growing global challenge and will have lasting impact for millions of young people.

Q: What other passions do you have besides your business?

A: I love writing! As a passion project, I would like to one day write and produce a movie.


While visiting Chapel Hill, Marcus recommends:

  • I would suggest visiting during a UNC/Duke basketball game. When UNC defeats Duke, you should take a trip to Franklin Street to see the entire Carolina student body celebrate. It’s the best feeling ever!

Support Marcus and ROSA by

  • ROSA is looking to impact 1M+ students around the U.S. Please connect us with school districts and community partners who are prioritizing the need to address mental health challenges in K-12 students to help us further our impact.