Chief Operating OfficerRachel Bonsignore is the Chief Operating Officer for The Children’s Agenda. Rachel brings 20 years of non-profit program and administrative experience to the position. Joining TCA in 2013, Rachel provided support, strategic guidance, and organization to Rochester’s Healthy Weight Leadership Council – a collective impact initiative to increase childhood healthy weight in the City of Rochester. Prior to The Children’s Agenda, Rachel was the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Common Ground Health (formerly the Finger Lakes Health System Agency) and led the Healthi Kids initiative for 5 years. Rachel is on the Board of Directors of Friends of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, Impact Earth, and Heritage Christian Services CCQL 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. Rachel is a graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and she received Dickinson College’s 1783 Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
Alliance DirectorJackie Campbell is the 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. She also worked with the Department of Recreation and Youth Services, including 4 years as Assistant Commissioner. Jackie is active in several community efforts, including the Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Parent Leadership Training Institute, and Facing Race = Embracing Equity. She 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. 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. She and her husband have six adult children—four proud graduates of the Rochester City School District—and 11 grandchildren.
Communications and Administrative CoordinatorJoe Calabrese is the Communications and Administrative Coordinator for The Children’s Agenda. Joe’s primary responsibilities include database management, communications, and development coordination and administrative support. Joe manages the processes for our donors, staff and volunteers which help keep the organization’s website and database functioning at their optimal levels and ensures communication with our donors are done effectively and efficiently. Prior to working with The Children’s Agenda, Joe has a twenty-plus year career in leadership positions with nonprofits such as the Urban League of Rochester, Hillside Children’s Foundation, and the United Way of Washington County in Wisconsin. Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from Penn State University and lives in Fairport with his wife and three children. In his spare time, Joe is a curler and serves as the play by play voice for USA Curling for many of their national championships.
Advocacy DirectorBrigit Hurley is the 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.
Jeff Kaczorowski, MD
Senior AdvisorJeffrey Kaczorowski, MD is the 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 13-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 which 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.
Family and Community Engagement ManagerTanishia Johnson is the ROC the Future Family & Community Engagement Manager. In her role she will build relationships between ROC the Future and key stakeholders and partners, including leaders in health, education, business, non-profit and economic development. Tanishia has had 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 The Villa of Hope, Healthy Baby Network 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 and recipient of the 2018 ROC Award for Outstanding Community Involvement. She was also featured on News 8 Extraordinary People and received the 50/50 award for leadership.
ROC the Future Communications SpecialistJessica Lewis is the Communications Specialist for ROC the Future. Jessica leads ROC the Future’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. 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 Marx is the CEO of The Children’s Agenda. Larry originally joined the organization as a part-time Development Director. He has overseen The Children’s Agenda’s growth from 4 employees to a staff of 11, and a budget of over $1M. Larry has helped facilitate the organization’s strategic plan, organized its Interfaith Collaborative, and helped lead the organization’s advocacy strategies. Larry is Board Co-Chair of the national Partnership for America’s Children, serves on the Steering Committee as well as on the Conveners and Executive Committee of ROC the Future, and he is in leadership of Great Schools for All. Larry also serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Greater Rochester Jewish Federation and chairs its legislative lunch committee. He was honored by Action for a Better Community and the Rochester chapter of the National Council for Jewish Women for his advocacy work. Prior to settling in Rochester, Larry was Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. He was also Program Officer for the Proteus Fund and Executive Director of the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin. He has participated in over 100 issue advocacy and election campaigns. 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.
Director of PolicyPete Nabozny is the Director of Policy for The Children’s Agenda. Pete leads our work to develop and introduce policies and practices that improve outcomes for children. This includes systems building efforts with other organization, identifying evidence based programs that could be helpful in our community, analyzing public policy challenges in the community, and promoting innovative approaches for home visitation, early care and education, early intervention, summer learning, child welfare, juvenile justice, and anti-poverty efforts. Pete was previously Associate Principal with the Center for Governmental Research, where he managed and contributed to a diverse set of projects in the human services and nonprofit sectors, including the viability of mobile summer meals programs in Rochester, Reconnect Rochester’s work on transportation and poverty, and the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiatives in Oswego and Jamestown. Prior to that, Pete served as Assistant Commissioner of Research and Evaluation with the New York City Administration of Children’s Services, and in senior positions with the Jewish Child Care Association of New York City. Pete is a University of Rochester graduate, and earned his Masters in Public and Nonprofit Administration from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service. Pete and his wife Lindsay are the proud parents of Lucy.
Advocacy CoordinatorKristen Rogers is the Advocacy Coordinator for The Children’s Agenda. She brings an over 20 year career in Early education as both a home care provider and most recently, as the Director of Generations Child Care. Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Childcare Administration from Empire State College and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. In her spare time she mentors teen girls, is a Troop Leader for the girl Scouts and serves on the Board at Samaritan Center of Excellence. A mother of 3 and grandmother of two, Kristen also has taken an interest in the sport of archery.
Education Policy AnalystEamonn Scanlon is the Education and Policy Analyst at The Children’s Agenda. Eamonn increases public transparency, awareness and accountability in the RCSD budget development and approval process; identifies policy, expenditure, and funding alternatives to maximize opportunities for RCSD students’ success; and fuels parents’ and residents’ engagement to win changes in policy, expenditures and funding that best promote evidence-based strategies and programs in Pre-K — 12 settings. Eamonn has been an Education Organizer in Rochester with Citizen Action of New York, where he designed the study analyzing the RCSD’s data on school discipline. He also helped rewrite the RCSD Code of Conduct. Prior to his position at Citizen Action, Eamonn worked with the Detroit Standards and Accountability Commission, researching and producing a report on college readiness indicators for an on-track dashboard used in 12 Detroit-area high schools. Eamonn graduated from SUNY-Binghamton and earned his Masters of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Manager of Continuous Improvement for ROC The FutureCamille Simmons is the Manager of Continuous Improvement for ROC the Future (RTF) and leads RTF’s culture of continuous improvement by supporting the work of the 8 Collaborative Action Networks, Outcome Teams, and other community based organizations through the implementation of key process strategies, methods, and tools. Prior to joining ROC the Future, Camille served as the Manager of Operations for Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. In that role, she oversaw a team dedicated to the agencies youth employment, academic, college readiness, and career based services and partnerships. Before taking on the role of Operations Manager at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, she served the agency in the capacities of direct care and provided school based supervisory oversight. During her time, Camille oversaw several special projects, including the collaborative inception of the East High School EPO ninth grade student focused supports with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Camille received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College in Social Work a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership at Roberts Wesleyan College. She is a 2010 graduate of the United Ways 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. Additionally, Camille is a spoken word artist and is currently developing an interactive workbook for teen girls. She is a resident of the City of Rochester and graduate of the Rochester City School District. She has one son who is also a graduate of the RCSD.
ROC The Future Director of Research AnalyticsStephanie Townsend, PhD, is the Director of Research and Analytics for ROC the Future. Before joining ROC the Future, Stephanie worked for 12 years as a consultant to community based and educational organizations. Her work included projects here in Rochester as well as for state, national, and global organizations. She also taught as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs at St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the College at Brockport. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in social ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in community and prevention research from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a community psychologist, she has been widely published and is recognized as an expert on community-based responses to violence, including violence prevention. Stephanie grew up in a military family, attending public and Department of Defense schools around the country and overseas. She and her husband have one son in middle school.
Administrative DirectorMichelle Yale is the Administrative Director for The Children’s Agenda. Michelle manages all administrative, operational, and financial activities for the organization, including high-level oversight of finances, budget, payroll and benefits. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors. Michelle has more than 20 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.