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.
Jessica Lewis is the Communications Specialist for ROC the Future (RTF) and leads 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. She also served as a anniversary steering committee member which led the program’s major initiative to commemorate 50 years serving the Rochester community. She had the honor of emceeing the 50th anniversary gala with Adam Chodak of WROC News 8. 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’s programs consistently surpassed outcomes and goals which earned her the 2012 Employee of the Year award. 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. She is the owner of a startup public relations firm called LáLew Public Relations.