Power Lunch: A Young Professionals Exclusive Event, featuring Cookie Rojas, New Orleans Baby Cakes
Have you ever wanted to have a chance to sit down and have a real, personal conversation with a top executive? The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals is making it happen for you!
Power Lunch is an exclusive series for young professionals. You will have an opportunity to sit down with 10 fellow young professionals and have a casual, no-frills conversation with a top executive in the community and hear their personal story of progress, failure, and success. Questions are encouraged and expected- this is your time to get insider information on what it takes to get to the top!
We are excited to welcome Cookie Rojas of the New Orleans Baby Cakes!
Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Jr. JD
Augusto was born and raised in Pawtucket (PAW-TUCK-IT), RI. He graduated from La Salle Academy, in Providence RI then served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years. He is a Persian Gulf War Veteran, serving with the 6th Motor Transport Battalion during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island in ’93. He then received his Law Degree from Suffolk University, in Boston MA in ’98. He served in the administrations of both RI Attorney Generals Jeffrey Pine and Sheldon Whitehouse.
He then went on to work for the United Way of Rhode Island and served as the Senior Vice President/Annual Campaign Director, managing a team that raised in excess of $20MM annually for those in need in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. He eventually became the Assistant Vice President/Community Development Officer for the largest credit union in the State of Rhode Island, Pawtucket Credit Union. There he created a Community Development Department that administered corporate giving, community outreach & sports marketing.
He eventually achieved his personal goal of working in Sports. Serving as the General Sales Manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Triple A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. As the General Sales Manager his sales team reached record highs in terms of tickets sold and revenue generated. He also oversaw several successful in game promotions and charitable events for the franchise.
In 2014 he was offered and accepted a position with Learfield Sports, as the General Manager for Brown Bears Sports Properties at Brown University, in Providence, RI.
He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Johnson & Wales University, Providence Campus, where he taught Sports Marketing.
He has worked in the Academic, Government, Military, Non-Profit and Corporate sectors and feels this experience has helped him truly connect with current and prospective community and corporate partners.
His hobbies include running half marathons, reading, and the beach. He also considers himself a movie aficionado, watching every OSCAR nominated movie in each category annually.
He is married to the former Kristin Cicilline of Newport, RI, they have four grown children, Nicholas, Marcus, Austin and Madison.
“Cookie” relocated to New Orleans with the new ownership group of the former Zephyrs Baseball Team in 2016. He currently serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, and the Jefferson Parish CVB and serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Loyola & Tulane Universities. He was a member of the team that oversaw the rebranding of the team to the Baby Cakes and having it being named the #1 Logo in all of Minor League Baseball by Baseball America and a winner of the Minor League Baseball Golden Bubblehead Award for the best community initiative in all of Minor League Baseball during 2017.