Rosie's Place Names Leemarie Mosca as President/Exec. Dir.

Leemarie Mosca
February 26, 2019 — Rosie’s Place, a Boston-based, nonprofit community center for poor and homeless women in the Boston area, yesterday announced that Leemarie Mosca has been named as its new president/executive director.

Mosca succeeds Sue Marsh, who has stepped after 20 years as president of Rosie’s Place.

“Leemarie is the ideal person to lead Rosie’s Place at this time,” said Rosie’s Place board chair Deb Pasculano. “I am confident her commitment to our mission, demonstrated success throughout her career and strategic approach to growth will serve Rosie’s Place well in the coming years.”

Mosca joined Rosie’s Place 11 years ago as director of development and public relations and was promoted to vice president of external relations in 2016. Under her leadership, annual revenues have doubled; today, Rosie’s Place has an annual budget of $12 million organization, employs 123, and relies on 2,500 volunteers.

“It’s a privilege to lead an organization whose work I believe in so deeply,” said Mosca. “Rosie’s Place will always be a unique place, where we offer responsive programs and services with unconditional love and caring. I will build on the legacy of our founder Kip Tiernan and my predecessors as we determine new ways to help our guests and expand our reach into the community. And I look forward to working with our wonderful staff, board and community partners to implement our vision for a better life for women in need.”

Prior to joining Rosie’s Place, Mosca served as director of the annual fund and development operations at Horizons for Homeless Children, and in development at the Italian Home for Children. She studied at Ithaca College.

During Marsh's tenure, Rosie’s Place expanded a wide range of advocacy, education, housing, and support services while continuing its policy of not accepting government funds and maintaining its focus on treating women with dignity and respect. The organization announced Marsh's retirement last November.

Rose's Place was founded by Kip Tiernan in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, and today, provides support, housing and education services for 12,000 women annually, including about 2,000 women each month who use its food pantry.