Experienced Technical Assistance Provider Joins ROC USA Network

CONCORD, N.H.—ROC USA® Network Director Mary O’Hara is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Massa as Network Collaboration and Training Manager.

“As always, it is wonderful to have someone who has been in the Network and dedicated to our mission, join the national team,” said O’Hara. “Especially when it is someone with Julie’s talent, skills, and tremendous commitment to developing community leaders and building community power.”

Massa has worked as a cooperative developer, community organizer, and advocate since 1997. She most recently joined Columinate, a cooperative consulting firm, and was working with ROC USA Network to provide training, technical assistance, and coaching to Network affiliates. Prior to her time with Columinate, she served as Lead Organizer and Technical Assistance Provider at CASA of Oregon, where she led and assisted in the cooperative conversion of 16 resident-owned manufactured housing communities in Oregon.

“I’m thrilled to officially join the ROC USA Network team,” said Massa. “I look forward to working with technical assistance providers and ROC leaders alike to help further resident owned communities nationwide.”

In her role with ROC USA Network, Massa will manage, improve, and deliver a collaborative in-the-field, peer-to-peer, train-the-trainer, and technical assistance (TA) program for the certified TA providers within ROC USA Network and the resident-owned communities (ROCs) they serve.

Massa holds a B.A. in Human Ecology and has completed graduate-level nonprofit management, facilitation, and community collaboration courses at Portland State University. In 2015, Julie received a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Kennedy School for the Leadership, Organizing, and Action Course with Professor Marshall Ganz. Ganz provided organizing support and guidance to Cesar Chavez in his successful effort to unionize California’s farmworkers.

ROC USA Network currently consists of 11 Certified Technical Assistance Providers serving 22 states, 267 resident-owned communities and over 18,000 households.

Contact Information:

Julie Massa, jmassa@rocusa.org