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Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO

Molly Baldwin is the Founder andMolly Photo_Molly Baldwin page Chief Executive Officer of Roca, Inc. A graduate of UMass, Amherst, Molly began her professional life as a street worker and community organizer, and soon founded Roca in 1988. For over twenty-eight years, she has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the highest-risk young people from Massachusetts’ most dangerous urban communities, and bringing together the major institutions, corporations, and agencies that affect these young people’s lives. Her 5’3” stature belies her outsized presence – with the help of engaged institutions and Roca’s committed staff, Molly’s efforts at Roca have helped over 25,000 young people make positive and profound changes in their lives. Today, Roca intensively reaches out to over 800 participants each year across some 20 communities in Massachusetts, operating on the singular belief that – with the right help – people can change in spite of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Molly has been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards, most recently the 2016 Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Award, and is widely recognized as a thought leader on criminal justice reform and high-risk young adults. A long-distance runner, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and an honorary Ph.D. from Salem State University.


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Awards & Honors

  • pic-staff-mbaldwin-award-globe-100Globe 100 Innovators
  • Women of Excellence Award by Germaine Lawrence
    Molly was honored at the Women of Excellence Breakfast 2010 On Thursday November 4, 2010
  • The Boston Ten Point Coalition Award
  • The Fraternidad Guatemalteca de Massachusetts Recognition Award
  • The Instituto de Salud Latina Award
  • The American Medical Association National Congress on Adolescent Health Award for Excellence in Intervention