Tammy Mello
Executive Director

B.S., Westfield State College Westfield, Massachusetts

Certificate, Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership, Boston University School of Management Boston, Massachusetts

Tammy Mello serves as the Executive Director of CLM. Tammy works in collaboration with CLM’s Board and its Executive and Public Policy committees, and the many CLM Task Forces to advance the mission of CLM.  She works closely with the Legislature and Administration to achieve CLM’s public policy priorities

Mello previously served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, where she advises the administration on strategies to improve prevention, enhance support and demand accountability for perpetrators.  Prior to working in the Governor’s office, she served as the Director of Violence Prevention in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), where she was responsible for the development and coordination of domestic violence and sexual assault initiatives across EOHHS agencies.

Mello began her career as a social worker in 1992 at the Department of Social Services (DSS), now the Department of Children and Families, and has worked in the areas of child welfare and domestic violence both within the agency and at provider organizations.  After a stint as a Domestic Violence Specialist at DSS, Mello worked as the Director of Visitation Services and then Director of Community Services at Brockton Family and Community Resources.  She returned to DCF’s Domestic Violence Unit, first as a Program Coordinator and then as Director, before moving to her position at the Governor’s office.

Mello has also received the 2011 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance Award and the 2016 Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine Award in recognition of her wonderful work within her various positions.

Tammy and her husband Bill live on the South Shore with their family.

Contact Tammy:  Tammy@childrensleague.org


Kathryn Cohen

Director of Public Policy

B.A. Brown University, J.D. Suffolk University Law School and George Washington University Law School

Kathryn is the Director of Policy and responsible for managing CLM’s overall legislative agenda.

Prior to her work at CLM, Kathryn was the Central American Regional Liaison for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) a US NGO focused on providing legal counsel to child immigrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). As KIND’s Regional Representative, she persuaded human rights officials, judges and other NGOs to develop and implement laws to help deported children reintegrate safely back into society.

Kathryn was formerly a Legislative & Policy Counsel at the Treatment Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C. where she worked with legislatures across the country to remove barriers to mental health treatment including Massachusetts, California, Virginia and Kentucky. She also worked for New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez on Capitol Hill working on healthcare reform and for Project Bread, a non-profit hunger organization, where she successfully advocated for universal breakfast programs in low-income schools across Massachusetts.

Prior to her policy work, Kathryn was a pro bono attorney helping low-income residents in Massachusetts with guardianship, immigration and housing cases. Kathryn has also worked as an attorney at the White House Office of General Counsel.

Kathryn lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her husband, Matt, their children, and their Guatemalan rescue dog, Pepe.

Contact Kathryn: Kathryn@childrensleague.org

 

Shayna Parker
Operations and Public Policy  Specialist

B.A., Political Science,  Brandeis University

 

Shayna is the Operations and Public Policy Specialist at Children’s League of MA. Before joining CLM, Shayna held similar Operations roles at several local social justice nonprofits, providing

critical logistical support and operations expertise.  Her most recent professional experience stems from her time as the primary Operations staff member at Political Research Associates

(PRA), a nonprofit think-tank based out of Somerville providing critical investigative research and analysis on the U.S. Right to support social justice advocates and defend human rights. During her tenure, Shayna helped coordinate and maintain various aspects of the organization’s backend office needs.

Shayna currently lives in Newton but can often be found playing Ultimate Frisbee with her team, Nerd Alert, in various fields around the Boston Metro area.

Contact Shayna at : shayna@childrensleague.org

 

Vincent Rocchio
Communications and
Policy Support Specialist

B.A. University of Detroit,  M.A., Ph.D., NYU

Vincent Rocchio is a digital media professional and communications researcher specializing in strategic messaging.  He has worked on several Massachusetts state-wide campaigns, including Deval Patrick, Suzanne Bump, and Repeal-the-casino-deal.  On the 2006 Patrick campaign, he was part of the New Media team, producing and streaming the first digital video for a gubernatorial race.

In addition to politics, he has worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Boston SPEDPAC), helping build more robust communications infrastructure and effective messaging.  He also served as a consultant and produced digital media for  Voice of the Faithful, First Parish in Lexington, and the Paulist Center Boston.

An academic by training, he has written three books on the media and taught communications and digital media production at several universities, including NYU, Dartmouth College, Holy Cross, and John Cabot University in Rome.  With his background in both the theory and practice of digital media, Vincent is eager to help increase the efficacy of CLM’s advocacy through more effective communication.

Vincent lives in Dorchester with his family and two dogs.  He is an active member of his neighborhood association and is known to cook large Italian dinners.

Contact Vincent: vincent@childrensleague.org