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Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO

Molly Baldwin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roca, Inc. A graduate of UMass, Amherst, Molly began her professional life as a street worker and community organizer, andMolly Photo_Molly Baldwin page soon founded Roca in 1988. For over twenty-five years, she has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the highest-risk young people from our area’s 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 magnanimous presence – with the help of engaged institutions and a committed team of youth workers, 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 700 participants each year, 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 and has been recognized as one of the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Innovators for 2013. 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