Jackie leads 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 for over 28 years, including 4 years as Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. Jackie is a Steering Committee member of several initiatives, including the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), Systems Integration, and the Racial Equity Justice Initiative (REJI). She is also active in several community efforts, including the Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Parent Leadership Training Institute, and the Black Agenda Group (BAG). She’s received numerous community awards including: “Outstanding Leader in the African American Community” by Rochester A.B.O.V.E.; Teen Empowerment’s “Champion for Youth” leadership award, and Action for a Better Community’s “Signature Citizen of the Year” award. She 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. Jackie and her husband have six adult children—four proud graduates of the Rochester City School District—and 13 grandchildren.
Ryan works closely with the ROC the Future Alliance Director to provide high-level administrative and financial maintenance support, as well as critical communications to key leader partners and stakeholders in the community. Before joining the team at ROC the Future, Ryan’s experience focused on brand marketing and human resources, where among other responsibilities, he successfully led an inclusion initiative tasked with diversifying the hiring process for a top Fortune 500 company. Ryan dedicates his spare time to volunteer work in the community, ranging from stage-managing local theatre productions to providing aid at various food banks. His remaining time is spent relaxing with his schnauzer, Lady, and a good book.
Jessica leads ROC the Future’s communications initiatives by developing and executing comprehensive, integrated communications for cross-sector partners, conveners, community stakeholders, parents and families. She also serves as the coordinator of the annual State of Our Children Address. In 2018, she was named a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Prior to joining ROC the Future, Jessica served as the Communications Specialist for the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program. In that role, she developed content for the program’s publications, social media accounts, and website. She also served as the director of after-school programs at the Urban League of Rochester from 2008-2012, where she coordinated five college & 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.
Kilolo leads Roc the Future in efforts to engage Rochester families and communities to improve outcomes for children. Prior to moving to Rochester, Kilolo spent the past 15 years building relationships as a community and youth support advocate through her role as a community educator in the public school system of Philadelphia, PA. As an academic advisor, program coordinator, and curriculum writer for Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Kilolo designed and led social justice workshops to empower teen voice and leadership.
Kilolo’s passion for community building runs deep. In 2009, she was a lead organizer in co-founding Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. Additionally, Kilolo has led education workshops through Teach For America’s African American Corps, EdXEd NYC, and Educon. Since moving to Rochester, Kilolo has become a parent leader with ROC the Future’s Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network (PECAN), School #23’s Parent Teacher Association and a member of the 19th Ward Community Association.
Kilolo is a graduate of Lincoln University and Temple University, with a master’s degree in African American Studies. She resides in the 19th Ward with her loving husband Kevin and 3 children.
Camille Simmons is the Manager of Continuous Improvement for ROC the Future. Camille works directly with our stakeholder groups to develop and implement process improvement to accelerate the impacts of our work.
Camille previously served in various capacities focused on youth intervention work, most recently as Operations Manager for a local non- profit agency. In her previous role, Camille oversaw a team dedicated to the agency’s youth employment, academic, college readiness, and career-based services and partnerships, as well as provided project oversight for multiple special projects.
Camille is Lean Six Sigma certified and received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College in Social Work. She received a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership at Roberts Wesleyan College. She is a 2010 graduate of the United Way’s African American Leadership Development Program and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rochester, where she returns each year to serve on their Building Common Ground panel focused on race and equity.
Carmen has a love of music, dance, culture and community.
Carmen was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico and moved to New York and eventually Rochester as a child. She started her career as a Paraprofessional for the Rochester City School District. She fell in love with her job and was encouraged to continue learning and growing as an educator. Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Carmen spent 30 plus years as a highly effective Parent Liaison; working with a variety of parents, students, building concrete relationships with neighborhood agencies as well as designing programs and events for her parents.
This makes her perfect in her position as TCA’s Parent Advocacy Coordinator, where her goal is to gain positive parental interest and trust for her work within The Children’s Agenda and the Rochester City School District.
Kim is an administrative assistant to The Children’s Agenda. She helps to keep the Organization on track and flowing during our continued growth. Prior to joining The Children’s Agenda, she had over 25 years of experience working for a large local CPA firm managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. Kim has a passion for fitness including bodybuilding and yoga that help keep her balanced in her personal and professional life. She is dedicated to nutrition and a holistic approach to wellness and hopes to share her knowledge and experience with the community. Kim lives in Irondequoit and has two adult children that are the joy of her life.
Michelle manages all administrative, operational, and financial activities for the organization, including high-level oversight of finances, budget, payroll and human resources. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors. Michelle has more than 25 years advanced administrative experience and she has been with the organization since its inception in 2004. Michelle lives in Honeoye, NY with her husband and 2 active teenagers.