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.
Tanishia builds relationships between ROC the Future and key stakeholders and partners, including leaders in health, education, business, non-profit and economic development. Tanishia’s background includes a 13-year career in the Rochester City School District holding various roles such as school counselor, Student and Family Support Center Coordinator and College Coach. As Coordinator of programs for expectant and parenting students; she instituted the first parenting class in the Rochester City School District for expectant and parenting students. Tanishia holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology and MS.Ed Counseling from The College at Brockport. She sits on the Board of Directors for Healthy Baby Network, is one of the Founding leaders of PittsfordSoars, and is President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter. She’s been featured in the Democrat and Chronicle as Rochester’s “Woman to Watch”, BreakThru Magazine’s Power List: The Top 10 Women in Rochester making history, is the recipient of the BreakThru’s Inspiration Award, the 2018 ROC Award for Outstanding Community Involvement and the Susan B. Anthony Award for her advocacy work for women and girls. She was also featured on News 8 Extraordinary People and received the Get to 50/50 award.
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.
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.
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.