Augusto Rojas was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He graduated from La Salle Academy and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six 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 and his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston. He served in the administrations of Jeffrey Pine and Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island state attorneys general.
He later to work for the United Way of Rhode Island and served as the senior vice president/annual campaign director, managing a team that raised more than $20 million 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 and community outreach.
He eventually achieved his personal goal of working in sports, serving as general sales manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. As 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 accepted a position with Learfield Sports as general manager for Brown Bears Sports Properties at Brown University in Providence. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Johnson & Wales University, Providence Campus, where he taught sports marketing.
“Cookie” relocated to New Orleans with the new ownership group of the Zephyrs Baseball Team in January 2016. He currently serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans.
Over the years, he has worked in the academic, government, military, nonprofit and corporate sectors and feels this experience has helped him connect with current and prospective community and corporate partners.
His hobbies include running half marathons and marathons, reading, movies and the beach.
He is married to the former Kristin Cicilline of Newport, Rhode Island. They have four grown children, Nicholas, Marcus, Austin and Madison.
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