Alliance Directorjackie@thechildrensagenda.org Jackie Campbell is Director of ROC the Future, an alliance of leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners working with the Rochester City School District to promote alignment of strategies, resources, and accountability for improving the academic achievement of Rochester’s children. Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Jackie worked for the City of Rochester managing Youth Services at the Rochester Central Library, and many years with the Department of Recreation and Youth Services, including 4 years as Assistant Commissioner. Jackie has an Associate degree in Business Administration from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Empire State College, and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Keuka College. As a strong advocate for parent and family engagement, Jackie is active in several community efforts, including the Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Parent Leadership Training Institute, and Facing Race = Embracing Equity. In 2014, Jackie was recognized as an “Outstanding Leader in the African American Community” by Rochester A.B.O.V.E., given Teen Empowerment’s “Champion for Youth” leadership award, and Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “Everyday Hero” award. Jackie grew up, attended public schools, and continues to live in the City of Rochester. She and her husband have six adult children—four proud graduates of the Rochester City School District—and 11 grandchildren.
Policy & Advocacy Directorbhurley@thechildrensagenda.org Brigit Hurley is Policy and Advocacy Director for The Children’s Agenda. Brigit has primary responsibility for our annual, detailed analyses of the proposed City, County, and State budgets, and directs our budget advocacy efforts. She leads our data collection and maintenance efforts, keeping us up-to-date on children’s outcome indicators. Brigit also staffs The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative and its year-round advocacy activities, anchored by the annual Children’s Interfaith Weekend in October. Brigit serves on a number of issue-based coalitions such as the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA) and Roc/ACTS Education Task Force. She came to TCA from Catholic Family Center, where she spent ten years in the Office of Social Policy working on issue advocacy and faith-based education and outreach on topics such as poverty, children’s mental health, and immigration reform. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator of the Rochester Toy Library for SPCC and the Junior League. Brigit earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Brigit lives in Scottsville, NY with her husband and 4 children.
Communications and Development Specialistlatonya@thechildrensagenda.org Latonya Johnson is Communications and Development Specialist at The Children’s Agenda. Latonya works closely with the CEO to manage the organization website and database for advocacy and development communications with individual supporters and contacts. Her responsibilities include e-newsletters, advocacy alerts, grant writing and fundraising support. Prior to her current appointment, Latonya worked as Public Notice Coordinator at The Daily Record. She has also student-taught at World of Inquiry School No. 58, provided seasonal support for Good Grades Pay, and volunteered for the Cross-Generation Emotional Literacy project at Henry W. Longfellow School No. 36. She is an active member of the Black Women’s Leadership Forum. Latonya holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Rochester, where she also studied Early Childhood Education at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
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Senior AdvisorJeffrey_Kaczorowski@URMC.Rochester.edu Jeffrey Kaczorowski, MD is Senior Advisor to The Children’s Agenda, and Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Government and Community Relations at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to Jeff’s 10-year tenure with The Children’s Agenda, he co-founded the nationally award-winning Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) program at the University of Rochester, now known as the Hoekelman Center for Leadership in Community Health. Jeff is currently the Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Community Pediatrics Training Initiative that promotes training activities that empower future pediatricians to become leaders in improving the health of all children in their communities through community-based and child advocacy efforts across the United States. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a M.D from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.
ROC the Future Communications Specialistjessica@thechildrensagenda.org Jessica Lewis is the Communications Specialist for ROC the Future. Jessica will lead RTF’s communications initiatives by developing and executing comprehensive, integrated communications for funders, conveners, networks, community based organizations, and parents. Prior to joining ROC the Future, Jessica served as the Communications Specialist for the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program, the nation’s first and oldest school based integration program. In that role, she developed content for the program’s publications, social media accounts, and website. Before joining the Urban-Suburban program, she served as the director of after school programs at the Urban League of Rochester, where she coordinated five college and career programs serving Rochester area youth, and managed a budget of $400,000. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College in Social Studies Education grades 7-12 and a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester. Jessica grew up in the City of Rochester and graduated from West Irondequoit Central School District.
Chief Executive Officerlarry@thechildrensagenda.org Larry Marx is the CEO of The Children’s Agenda. Originally joining the organization as a part-time Development Director when his family moved to Rochester, Larry has overseen The Children’s Agenda’s growth from 4 people to a staff of 11 and a budget of over $1 million; the organization accepts no government funding. Larry has helped facilitate the organization’s strategic plan, organized The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative, and has helped lead the organization’s advocacy strategies. In the past year, Larry was elected Board Co-Chair of the national Partnership for America’s Children, a federation of 54 children’s advocacy organizations in 42 states. Larry serves on the Steering Committee, as well as on the Conveners and Executive Committee of ROC the Future and in leadership of Great Schools for All. In line with his commitment to social justice, Larry also serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Greater Rochester Jewish Federation and chairs its legislative lunch committee. In 2016, Larry was honored for his advocacy work for children and youth with awards from Action for a Better Community and the Rochester chapter of the National Council for Jewish Women, each award named after those organizations’ founders. Prior to settling in Rochester, Larry served as Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the largest public interest group in that state, for 12 years. He has also worked in philanthropy, as Program Officer for the Proteus Fund, a national foundation, and as Executive Director of the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin. Larry has participated in over 100 issue advocacy and election campaigns in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Larry is married to Deb Rosen, Managing Director for Strategic Partnerships at the Hillside Family of Agencies. Together they are the proud parents of Natalie and Naomi and members of Temple Sinai.
Chief Operating Officerrachel@thechildrensagenda.org Rachel Pickering, is Chief Operating Officer for The Children’s Agenda. Rachel’s primary focus is to provide support, strategic guidance, and organization to Rochester’s Healthy Weight Leadership Council – cultivating long-term, broad-based childhood healthy weight in Rochester. Prior to The Children’s Agenda, Rachel directed the Finger Lakes Health System Agency’s Healthi Kids initiative, a grassroots coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity. She is a graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Rachel is the current Board President of Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County and a member of the New York Academy of Medicine’s DASH-NY Steering Committee. Rachel was the recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award in 2011 and was featured as a national ‘Mover and Shaker’ by PreventObesity.net in 2015.
Administrative Directormichelle@thechildrensagenda.org Michelle Yale, is Administrative Director for The Children’s Agenda. Michelle manages all administrative, operational, and financial activities for the organization, including high-level oversight of our finances and budget, payroll and benefits, and serves as the staff liaison to our Board of Directors. Michelle has over 20-years of advanced administrative and office support experience and has been with the organization since its inception in 2004. Michelle lives in Honeoye, NY with her husband and 2 active teenagers.