Gayle Romasanta was born in Manila, Philippines. She immigrated to the United States when she was almost 2.
Graduated from Tokay High School, where she worked on the newspaper, yearbook, a University of the Pacific radio station and spearheaded the girls Powder Puff team.
Became a student representative for Associated Students at California State University, Long Beach.
Lived on Capitol Hill for a summer after earning a fellowship with the Washington Center in Washington, D.C., and former CSULB president and Congressman Stephen Horn.
Back at CSULB in the fall, she created Kappa Psi Epsilon, a Filipina sorority with the motto, “Find Your Inner Strength.” After 17 years, the sorority is now a recognized Greek organization at CSU Long Beach, San Francisco State University, CSU Sacramento, University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Davis. Since its founding, it has had membership of over 1,000 women.
In the spring, Gayle moved to San Francisco in an effort to learn more about politics. Here, she earned her bachelor’s in creative writing at San Francisco State University.
She discovered a theater called Bindlestiff Studio, and eventually became artistic director. She started as a volunteer and became a resident artist between 1997 and 2005. She was artistic director from 2006 to 2008.
After one year at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, she decided to leave and go to art school. She received a scholarship from California College of the Arts in the MFA writing program. It was then she co-founded the literary arts journal, Eleven Eleven.
“Love In the Time of Breast Cancer,” written and directed by Romasanta, had its three-week run.
Moved back to Lodi to take on position a Lodi Unified School District grant writer position. She and her family moved to a farm, where her husband also created NoveRoma Zinfandel.
Had her second child in 2011 and decided to freelance to stay at home; she was offered a freelance position from Big Monkey Group.
Published her English/Tagalog children’s book, “Beautiful Eyes” (Meritage Press, 2002), now part of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Filipino Language Program curriculum.
Became editor of bonnie magazine.