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Elaine DeRosa Retires

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Elaine DeRosa’scq college internship at the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committeecq turned into her life’s work. DeRosa grew up hearing about the hardships her Italian immigrant grandparents endured as they sewed clothes, shoveled coal, and dug roads to get by in their new home of New Britain, Conn. During college, she protested the Vietnam War. A career in community organizing was a natural fit. In March, after more than four decades at the Cambridge anti-poverty agency, three of them running the place, DeRosa, 66, retired. She spoke with Globe reporter Katie Johnston about how she got where she is and what she plans to do now.” Learn More