Founder & President
Edward Rocha is founder and President of Rola Corporation and the Rola companies. Edward Rocha graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with his Bachelors in Government, and then obtained a Masters in Management from Boston University in 2008 with a concentration in Banking and Finance. He is an avid entrepreneur and language and communications specialist.
Upon graduation from Harvard, Edward worked in the alternative investments industry as a marketing and business development professional at various hedge funds and private equity groups. In 2006, Edward joined the Solios Asset Management team; a family of energy hedge funds, as an analyst. In this first position, he fostered a passion for business development, investor relations and fund raising. He rose to become Director of Investor Relations and played a pivotal role in raising over $100 million for the group. After leaving Solios, Edward became a independent consultant to small and start-up hedge funds and later served as Vice President of Business Development at Dutchess Capital and Director of Investor Relations at Arctaris Capital.
While working in the alternative investments industry, Edward came to the realization he loved education and international business. He is fluent in English and Spanish, a student of French, Portuguese, and Mandarin, and has nearly 13 years of language teaching experience to date. So after privately tutoring Spanish for many years and living abroad in Argentina and Spain, he fell in love with the idea of a language school, and was determined to build such a community in Boston. He formalized his teaching method and thus, Rola Languages was born in 2008. Based in its Cambridge offices, Rola nowadays has expanded its reach far beyond the city limits.
Rola Languages has now become Rola Corporation, an international education company focused on creating a global brand with 3 education companies, through product development, consulting, and partnerships. Rola promotes its system called the Rola Method, and applies it to course development and teaching in areas of language, communications, history, and professional development.
Immediately after graduation from Harvard, he saw a need for more alumni involvement in student life. As a result, he decided to reach out directly to student groups to offer them a space away from home. In 2006, Edward hosted his first Thanksgiving Pachanga, aimed at providing students a place to go for the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the last 14 years, more than 300 students have attended these two-day events hosted at Edward’s home. Upon request, in recent years he added a Spring Break version as well to his hosting repertoire. Both events help students cope with being away from their homes and their families during the holidays.
Edward continues to stay active at Harvard as a member of the Boston Chapter of the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs SIG, the Harvard College Fund 2006 Participation Committee, as well as by leading the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance as the founding president. He is also an Executive Board member of the Harvard Latin American Alumni and Friends.
He has run 6 marathons and raised money for Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Boston Living Center.
Executive Vice President