Rochelle graduated from the WWS in 2006 with dual Master’s degrees in Public Affairs (concentration in domestic policy) & Urban Planning. Her interest has always been on focusing on ways to end the cycle of poverty in urban communities. As a native New Yorker 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 began her career at a non-profit that focuses on enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and served in various roles at the State Legislature. After the WWS, 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.
In 2009, she joined the New York City Human Resources Administration/Dept. of Social Services (HRA/DSS) as a Senior Legislative Liaison where she analyzed Federal, State and City legislation to determine the programmatic, administrative, and fiscal impact on the agency’s programs, client population, and policy. She also assisted in the development of proposals for the agency’s annual policy agenda and developed strategies for passage of the bills through the legislature. 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, domestic violence and immigration.