Rhonda M. Roorda was adopted at the age of two into a white American family with Dutch heritage. She was raised with her two non-adopted siblings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Rhonda is an Author & International Speaker on Transracial Adoption.

Rhonda’s latest book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption was named by Choice Magazine as a 2016 Outstanding Academic Title. With the late Dr. Rita J. Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on Transracial Adoption (In Their Own Voices, In Their Parents’ Voices, and In Their Siblings’ Voices).

Rhonda’s work is highly regarded in academia, among adoption agencies, foundations and parent groups, in corporations, in Hollywood, and in households throughout the United States and abroad.  Rhonda is the recipient of the 2010 Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (MI).  In 2017, Rhonda was awarded the Friend of Children and Youth Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).

Rhonda has appeared on Good Morning America and ABC News Live with Kyra Phillips. Rhonda has been a guest on People’s Magazine podcast Me Becoming Mom with Zoë Ruderman. She has also been interviewed on local radio and TV stations in communities throughout the country.

Rhonda earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications (Strategic Communications) from Calvin University; and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication-Urban Studies at Michigan State University.  From 2013-2016, Rhonda served on the Calvin University Alumni Board.  Currently Rhonda serves as an Executive Member of the Calvin University Board of Trustees.

Rhonda is a fund administrator at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.