Dwight Robson, Longtime Behavioral Health Leader & Former Roca Board President, Joins Roca Leadership Team
Dwight Robson, a longtime behavioral healthcare executive and leader in the private and public sectors who previously served on Roca’s Board of Directors, has joined the executive leadership team of the Massachusetts-based nonprofit as Executive Vice President of Operations. Robson, who will report directly to Roca Founder & CEO Molly Baldwin, will help drive strategic planning, programmatic growth, and innovation across the organization by building capacity and ensuring a high-level of execution within its shared services, including finance, human resources, IT, government relations, and marketing & communications. “Roca is incredibly fortunate to be able to add someone with Dwight’s passion, skills, experience and strategic thinking to our executive team,” said Baldwin. “Dwight has been a valuable resource and advisor to me and many others during his long tenure on Roca’s Board of Directors and throughout his distinguished career. I am thrilled he has joined us as we strive to expand the impact of our work and save and enhance more young lives.”
Robson was a key member of the senior leadership team for The MENTOR Network, a Boston-based national leader in home- and community-based health care, including serving as its Chief Public Strategy Group and Marketing Officer for the second half of his 17-year tenure with the company. After departing the company in 2020, Robson co-founded Preston Group Strategic Advisors, a consultancy working at the intersection of business, public policy, and communications to protect and enhance the reputations of companies and non-profit organizations, helping them grow and achieve ambitious goals. Before his time as MENTOR, Robson served in senior roles in Massachusetts government and politics, including managing the 2002 campaign for state Treasurer Shannon P. O’Brien, the first woman in Massachusetts history to be the gubernatorial nominee for either major political party. Robson has a long history with Roca, having served on its Board of Directors since 2009, including stints as board President, Secretary and Treasurer. Robson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Massachusetts-Lowell and lives with his family in Marblehead. “I’m excited to take on this new role at Roca and to have an opportunity to continue to support our hard-working young people, the amazingly dedicated staff and our many partners in Massachusetts, Maryland and Connecticut, and across the country,” said Robson. “Roca’s powerful outcomes have driven its explosive growth during the last 10 years, and its nation-leading work has never been more important. I look forward to helping the organization reach new heights.”
“Molly and her leadership team move mountains on behalf of the young people we serve, helping those who have endured the deepest of trauma heal and change the trajectory of their lives,” said Christine Kendell, President of the Roca Board of Directors “Dwight’s leadership and contributions on the Roca Board have been invaluable, and his addition to Roca’s management makes a very strong team even stronger.”
Editor's Note: (Added October 31, 2022): This press release was sent to us and to other local news outlets by a third party (Roca), and as is the case with all press releases, it is not the work of Marblehead Beacon. Dwight Robson is married to Lena Robinson, a co-founder and reporter with Marblehead Beacon.