Director of Capacity Building, Office of Community Schools, NYC DOE
Lisa leads the capacity building efforts for the 245 community schools within Mayor de Blasio’s New York City Community Schools Initiative – the largest community schools effort in the country, providing 120,000 students with critical wrap-around services including health, mental health, attendance improvement, expanded learning time and family engagement. Additionally, Lisa oversees the NYC Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC), housed within the office of Community School’s at the New York City Department of education. Prior, she has served as a Community School Director at MS53Q in Far Rockaway, Queens where she and her team worked diligently daily on actualizing the vision of Community School 53Q. A vision which centralizes the school as the neighborhood hub where students receive high-quality academic instruction, families’ access social services, and the community comes to congregate to share resources and address their common challenges. Lisa started her fulltime teaching career as a Teach For America Corp member in June 2001 in Harlem, NY. Lisa has a passion for the arts that began from an early age and continued to her undergraduate major of Interdisciplinary Arts for Children, with a specialization in dance. In 2011, when Lisa was a founding principal of a new small district school and gave birth to Niara a lovely baby girl. Lisa’s love for education carried over into her personal life in 2017, when she married William Rochford, another champion in the education field. She received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and her MST and MS Ed Admin. from PACE University School of Education.