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January 18, 2021
 
Roca Names New Chief Development Officer
Jodi Wolin
Jodi Wolin

January 2, 2021 — Roca, a Chelsea-based nonprofit working to reduce incarceration rates and improve employment outcomes for young men, recently named Jodi Wolin as its chief development officer.

She succeeds Kathi Anne Reinstein, who joined Roca a year ago as chief development officer and head of external affairs.

Wolin, who has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, most recently served as vice president of institutional advancement for Boston Harbor Now

Earlier, she served as director of development for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and held senior development positions at Boston Children’s Chorus, The Children’s Trust, and Casa Myrna Vazquez.

Wolin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Communications degree from Canisius College and is a graduate of the UMass Emerging Leaders Program.

Wolin is an advisory board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network, and last year received the 2020 Leading the Way Award from the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston.

Roca was founded in 1988 as part of North Suffolk Mental Health, and soon became an independent organization. It bases its work on a theory of change that holds that when re‐engaged through positive and intensive relationships, young people can change their behaviors and develop life, education, and employment skills to disrupt the cycles of poverty and incarceration.

In 2014, Roca launched a pay-for-success program to lower recidivism rates among young men. In pay-for-success programs, mission-driven investors cover the upfront costs of delivering programs. If predetermined goals are achieved, as measured by an independent evaluator, the government repays those who made the original investment for programs that have effectively addressed community issues, and which help reduce total government outlays, net of returns to investors.

Today, has five sites in Massachusetts—Chelsea, Boston, Holyoke, Lynn, and Springfield—as well as one in Baltimore.

During its 2019 fiscal year, Roca reported $15.6 million in revenue, of which $5.6 million came from private grants and contributions, and $14.5 million in expenses, according to its most recently available financial statement.

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