Rochelle is our Femisphere Project Director. Rochelle’s passion for economic justice is inspired by her own personal journey as a single mom and guides the work she does every day.

Rochelle formerly worked at Just Harvest, where she served as the Public Policy Advocate. Prior to that role, she was the Advocate and Organizer for the Welfare Justice Project – a Just Harvest initiative created to educate and empower those affected by the welfare system to demand changes at all levels of government.

Rochelle currently serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Income Maintenance and Consumer Subcommittee of Medical Assistance Advisory Committees, is on the board of directors for the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, the board of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, President of the Clients Council of Pennsylvania, and a steering committee member of a statewide coalition called Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians (CLIP).

In 2016, Rochelle was recognized and received the Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network for her work over the years on behalf of low income Pennsylvanians.

Rochelle has an Associate’s Degree from Community College of Allegheny County in Health Information Technology with a minor in Child and Family Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in both Sociology and Psychology from Carlow University.

She is a graduate of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership’s Women in Leadership and volunteered as a hotline counselor and advocate for both Womensplace Women’s Shelter and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Rochelle currently lives in McKeesport, PA.