Trading gangs and guns for a future

October 10, 2017

Hakeem Jackson doesn’t mince words. “Just a couple of years ago I was shooting at people,” he says. A wiry 20-year-old with an affable bearing, Jackson is sitting at the…

From: CommonWealth Magazine

The Business of Changing Lives – Allison Weiner, 2017 Farber Intern

October 5, 2017

I had the privilege of working this summer at Roca, a Massachusetts-based organization that for 30 years has worked to break the cycle of…

From: REDF Farber Blog Series

When Crime Data Becomes Politicized

September 29, 2017

Thomas Abt, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School, discusses how politicking gets in the way of implementing workable solutions…

From: On The Media, WNYC

Chelsea, MA named 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Winner

September 20, 2017

To begin to understand Chelsea, Massachusetts, take a drive from the McArdle Bridge down Marginal Street, past…

From: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In Chelsea, coalition aims to save lives on verge of unraveling

July 9, 2017

Nicole Castro was someone who could have slipped through the cracks. Homeless, destitute, and addicted to heroin and other drugs, she…

From: The Boston Globe

Keeping Your Eye on the Long Term in a World of Short-term Pressures

July 3, 2017

Roca was featured alongside Jeff Bezos and as leaders who think about the long term and are committed to taking intelligent risks in order to meet high standards…

From: The Drucker Institute



Participant, Young Men’s Program, Springfield


Participant, Young Men’s Program, Chelsea


Participant, Young Mothers’ Program, Chelsea


Youth Worker, Young Men’s Program


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