Department of Government & External Affairs, and Community Impact

Contact the Office

Marta T. Rosa, M.Ed.
Senior Executive Director of Government & External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships; Chief Diversity Officer

Julie M. Bolduc, M.S.W.
Government and Community Relations Manager

Cara Dembkoski, M.A.
Strategic Partnerships and Programs Coordinator

Beth Kaplan, M.S.
Communication and External Affairs Manager

The Department of Government & External Affairs, and Community Impact works with others others across the institution to position Wheelock for: leadership, engagement, visibility, funding, and partnership opportunities that advance the institutional mission and core purpose—to improve the lives of children and families—and contribute to strategic institutional priorities.

Areas of Focus


  • Broker and Nurture relationships.
  • Manage public relations seeking opportunities that position Wheelock and its experts.
  • Seek and Engage strategic partners.
  • Respond to and Influence policy issues aligned with the institutional mission.
  • Identify and Coordinate public and private funding.
  • Work with the President, leadership team members, faculty, staff, alumnae, students and community partners to achieve planned goals and objectives.
  • Build effective collaborations.
  • Engage all internal and external audiences to achieve success.

Since its creation in 2006, the Office of Government and External Affairs has had an impact internally as well as externally. The creation of several programs—including the Policy Connection web pages, the Student Policy Fellows Program, the Wheelock College Political Caucus, Winter Policy Talks, and the Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care—has enabled the College to increase its visibility, facilitate engagement, and build collaborative relationships to further the institution's mission.

The Office has provided increased opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumnae and the community at large to engage in policy discussion and debate. In addition, the office has helped obtain over $5 million in government funding to underwrite programs at the College.

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