Rochelle’s career has a common thread of focusing on policies and programs that identify solutions to ending the cycle of poverty that is often present in urban communities. As a native of New York City, she witnessed firsthand the importance of the intersection between affordable housing; the availability of a social safety net; employment opportunities; and access to quality health care and education as a way to improve outcomes for low-income people.
Rochelle joined 100RC after working in both the nonprofit sector and municipal government. She began her career at the United Spinal Association working on legislation and policy matters in the areas of affordable, accessible housing, civil rights for people with disabilities, as well as leading a budget and policy coalition that advocated at the state level for equitable funding and accessible policies for people with disabilities.
Her career in municipal government spans from affordable housing to homelessness. She worked as a Project Manager at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Strategic Planning Group where she conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis to guide policies and improve operations for programs such as Section 8, Supportive Housing and Asset Management. She later joined the New York City Human Resources Administration/Dept. of Social Services where she served as a Senior Legislative Liaison and Director of Policy. In her respective roles, she analyzed Federal, State and City legislation to determine the programmatic, administrative, and fiscal impact on the agency’s programs, client population, and policy. Rochelle’s portfolio included a myriad of areas, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps), child support/fatherhood initiative, domestic violence, housing and immigration.
Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Rochelle worked as the Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Homeless Services where she served as a principal advisor on the establishment, implementation and tracking of the agency’s operational goals, performance outcomes and policies. Rochelle was the principal agency lead for NYC’s Mission Home initiative which successfully ended chronic Veterans homelessness in December of 2015 which was certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. She also led the engagement with the Office of the First Lady of New York City’s – Thrive NYC initiative that secured the initial $27 million dollars for mental health services for families experiencing homelessness.
Rochelle is a Magnum Cum Laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and double minors in English and History. She also has dual Master’s degrees in Public Affairs (domestic policy) & Urban Planning from Princeton University – Woodrow Wilson School.