In 1986, Roccie moved to England, where she continued her nonprofit work in Marketing and Fundraising as the Deputy Director of Appeals for the national office of the UK YWCA, and as Director of Resource Development for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She produced publicity films for non-profits and celebrity/royal events during her seven years working in the UK.
In 1995, Roccie and her daughter returned to the United States, where Roccie became the Executive Director of the fundraising non-profit, Earth Share of California. She was also the elected Chair of the California Association of Non Profits Public Policy Council, and a member of the California Attorney General’s
Non Profit Advisory Council.
She later served as Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County (now Silicon Valley), where she worked closely with elected officials, Chambers of Commerce, local companies, and Associations of Realtors in order to boost the amount of affordable housing available to residents.
Later, Roccie moved to Palm Springs, where she became the Executive Director of Guide Dogs of the Desert, organizing local events on a monthly basis to involve the community and volunteers in this training school for people with vision issues and their guide dogs. She was also he Managing Director of Loving All Animals, a shelterless rescue and fostering organization.
Most recently she has operated her own non-profit consultancy, Pietra Consulting, and has been involved in efforts of fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, board development, and membership recruitment.
She has negotiated and managed development and corporate/government investment partnerships, including the acquisition of the 100+ acre London Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Center in Barnes from the Thames Water Authority; a $20 million revolving loan fund for affordable housing development; $2 million from the State of California for housing in Santa Clara County; and a 5 year partnership between the guide dog school and Petco/Natural Balance totaling donations of over $1.25 million.
Roccie received her BA in Philosophy from UCLA, and her MA in English/Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She is a published author, of two novels: Three Minutes on Love (2008) and Window of Exposure (2015).
Roccie is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia-based middle-school educational non- profit, The Business of Doing Good.
She has one daughter, a B-2 (stealth bomber) pilot and Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. She has two grandchildren, 6-year old Isla and 3-month-old Pax, and a wonderful son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Polidor, who is also a B-2 pilot and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for his work in the F-15E in
Her best friend is her shelter rescue, Sophie.
Roccie is fluent in French, is an avid tennis player, history lover, and genealogist.