Christine (Chris) Judd is the Director of Roca Springfield and Holyoke. Since 2011, Chris has been leading Roca’s work with high-risk young men and mothers in Western Massachusetts. As the Director, Chris oversees the Roca’s High-Risk Young Men, which focuses on young people who are deeply involved in the criminal justice system and are not ready, willing, or able to participate in any other program or jobs. She led the program through major expansions, including the opening of the High-Risk Young Mothers program in Western Massachusetts in 2017.
A key part of Chris’ role is building partnerships with criminal justice and law enforcement partners, including the Springfield and Holyoke Police Departments, city administrations, the courts, probation services, Hampden County DA’s Office, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. In collaboration with these partners, she leads county-wide work to improve justice outcomes for young adults, with specific efforts to improve public safety. Leading a staff of 30 people, Chris oversees all of Roca’s work in Western Massachusetts to prepare young people to the job market, including workforce development activities, a transitional employment program, pre-vocational trainings, and work with employers across the region.
Prior to joining Roca, Chris served as an educator, Athletic Director, and Dean of Students at Cathedral High school for 12 years. After leaving Cathedral, Chris worked for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department in the Pre-Release Center and at the After Incarceration Support Services, better known as AISS. Chris earned her M.Ed. from Endicott College and her B.A. from Our Lady of the Elms.