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Updated: September 20, 2023

Avesta Housing appoints former fundraising pro to board of directors

Avesta Housing, the Portland-based affordable housing developer, has appointed Lynne Roche to its board of directors for a three-year term starting Oct. 1.

She joined the Avesta Housing Advancement Committee as a community representative in 2019 and was named co-chair of the committee in 2021 and chair in 2022. 

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Lynne Roche

A professional fundraiser for more than 25 years, Roche has counseled schools, universities and health care institutions and served as an adviser and spokesperson for numerous organizations.

She has been active in the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and has taught classes on fundraising at Harvard University and Lesley College.

“As a fundraiser, I believe raising money for programs and services to ensure that residents not only live in our properties but can thrive in their communities is a game changer," said Roche. "Avesta is changing the concept of what affordable housing is and what it can do for our communities across Maine and beyond.”

Roche is a Boston College graduate who began her career as a development officer at Harvard University and later worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. 

She then served as a vice president for Ketchum Inc. before founding her own fundraising firm.

In 2004, she retired from fundraising to focus on raising her two daughters and growing a manufacturing company she acquired with her husband in Maine.

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 50 years of experience leading development and property management in Maine and New Hampshire. The organization operates over 100 affordable properties, more than 3,000 apartments and two assisted living facilities, providing homes for more than 4,000 people daily.

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