About Us

Founded in the summer of 2004, the RocCity Coalition is a collaboration of organizations that are focused on attracting, retaining, and empowering the young professionals of Greater Rochester. RocCity provides information, ways to be involved, a chance to be heard, and an opportunity to build a stronger community.

What started with a handful of organizations, has blossomed into over 40 groups today — many of these groups are founded and managed by young professionals.  Representatives from these groups meet monthly to share, learn, and collaborate together.  In 2012, an Advisory Committee was created to help steer this ever-changing, dynamic collaboration.

Kayleigh Stampfler
Kayleigh is co-chair of Roc City Coalition and our current representative for the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. She came to Rochester in 2004 to attend the University of Rochester and decided it was a great place to grow some roots and make a difference in the world. She graduated from UR with a Bachelor of History in 2008 and Brockport in 2013 with a Master of Public Administration. She currently works at the Rochester Area Community Foundation as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor and she owns Stamp Paints, an interior painting company. Kayleigh is very involved in the community serving as a volunteer, donor and leader within several nonprofit organizations: University of Rochester, Genesee Land Trust, NextGen Rochester, and more! She lives in the City of Rochester (North Winton Village) with her husband Josh and their two dogs. Kayleigh loves meeting new people and encourages you to email her so she can treat you to a cup of coffee and talk about making our region a better place to live, work and play!
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Victor Sanchez
Co-Chair and Sustainable Lifestyle Action Team Leader
Victor is co-chair of RocCity Coalition. He is a transplant from White Plains, just outside of NYC. He expected to move back to the NYC area after graduating, however, after spending time exploring everything Rochester offers, it became clear that Rochester is a great place to live. Victor graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor'sdegree in Civil Engineering Technology and is now a Field Technician with Wegmans Foods Market, assisting in the management of new store construction and larger remodels. Victor is an active volunteer of Human Rights Campaign of western NY, and a big supporter of many of the LGBTQ organizations in the area. Since joining RocCity Coalition he has worked closely with Reconnect Rochester to support and expand the mobility options in the area. Victor has connected to various environmental groups and has worked to add environmental goals to the RocCity Coalition vision plan. He is a big advocate of supporting local business and can often be found at local coffee shops, breweries or wine tasting in the Finger Lakes.
Andrew Brady
Immediate Past Chair and Community Connections Team Leader
Andrew grew up in Irondequoit and after attending Cornell University, moved to Massachusetts before returning to Rochester in 2012. Since then, he has taken on leadership roles in the community including as a board member of Junior Achievement, Conscious Capitalism Rochester, Rochester Young Professionals and NextGen Rochester in addition to his involvement with the RocCity Coalition and the Vision 2025 project. He is the President and CEO of The XLR8 Team, a company that helps leaders to build purposeful companies with values-driven cultures. He recently received a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Iman Abid
At Large Member
Iman has established a career in the public sector, initially working with elected representatives and government leaders doing campaign work. Her background in organizing stems from doing field work for over 5 different campaigns ranging from being a Campaign Manager to Fundraiser Researcher, to Deputy Field Director. In 2014, she led a robust field program and exceeded statewide expectations established by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee while working on subjects like the New York State's Women's Equality Agenda. In early 2016, she joined the New York Civil Liberties Union and is now the Interim Chapter Director of the Genesee Valley Office.
Dan Brady
Education Action Team Leader
Dan is a Certified Professional Accountant, working on the audit side of public accounting at the Bonadio Group. Born and raised in West Irondequoit, Dan initially attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology out of high school and ultimately graduated with the 150 credits necessary for the CPA exams from SUNY Geneseo. Dan is active in the young professional community of Rochester, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Roc City Coalition Education Action Committee, Vice President of the Center for Youth Associate Board, Co-Chair of Professional Development and Board member of Rochester Young Professionals, a member of the Rochester Museum and Science Center Catalyst Circle, a member of NextGen Rochester Area Community Foundation, and a member of the Democrat and Chronicle YP Advisory Council. Growing up with both parents as teachers, Dan is passionate about education and improving the current state of education in the City of Rochester. This passion is the influencing factor of Dan's involvement in the Roc City Coalition's Education Action Committee as well as Dan's continued volunteer tutoring at the Center for Youth.
Robert Cain
Housing Action Team Leader
Robert is a Real Estate Developer at PathStone Corporation, where he responsible for fulfilling all tasks associated with the development of commercial multifamily rental housing property throughout PathStone’s geographic footprint, including site selection, feasibility analysis, securing local approvals and financing, loan closing, construction oversight and coordination of start-up operations. Prior to development he spent four years working in Community and Economic Development within PathStone as a program coordinator, and the last three of those years as a program administrator, working across lending, homeownership, housing rehabilitation and energy services, and training and employment lines of businesses. Robert holds a B.A in Communications and a B.S in Business from Alfred University, professional certification in Community and Economic Development, and an MBA from the Simon School of Business. Robert is a City of Rochester resident and rental property owner. Outside of his recent work with the RocCity Coalition, he serves on the Corn Hill Neighbors Association Board of Directors as the liaison for the Investment Management Committee and co-chair of the Revolving Loan Fund Committee. He is passionate about real estate, economics, social progress, and making tangible change in the community.
Paige Castle
At Large Member
Paige graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2017 with a bachelor’s in Public Relations and Creative Writing. After graduating she returned home to Fairport. She is now the Marketing Coordinator for OnCell, a software company in Pittsford, NY. Paige is passionate for all things marketing and is excited to join the RocCity Marketing Committee and to support the non-profits in her home city.
Melissa Chanthalangsy
At Large Member
Melissa moved to Rochester, New York, in October 2015. She spent her childhood in Paris, France, northern Indiana, and Memphis, Tennessee. She studied political science and environmental studies at the University of Chicago and landed a job at the US Department of Energy in Washington DC to advise senior officials on international energy policy, managing US relations with Laos, Thailand, China, Japan, and South Korea. In Rochester, Melissa manages and coordinates projects and programs related to environmental sustainability efforts for the City of Rochester, including, but not limited to, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Eager to contribute to the Rochester community outside of work, Melissa will be highlighting and recognizing the work of Rochester area leaders via the RocCity Doer blog posts in the hopes of inspiring young professionals to get involved and give back.
Brittany Comegna
At Large Member
Brittany Comegna is originally from Baltimore, MD and grew up in Pleasanton, CA. Her native language is American Sign Language. Brittany attended California State University at Northridge for her baccalaureate studies and performed graduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Brittany started an organization when she was twelve years old called Working Hands to Warm Hearts whose mission was to get volunteers to knit scarves for Deaf women and children being served by a Deaf run domestic violence shelter in the Bay Area. A number of yarn shops donated knitting needles and yarn after receiving a letter from Brittany explaining the mission of the organization. Hundreds of scarves were knitted by volunteers and donated over the course of two years. At the age of 21, Brittany became an AmeriCorps volunteer with the program CityYear in Washington, DC where she served on the Civic Engagement Team. The team partnered with community members primarily consisting of secondary schools and recreation centers to build spaces for young children such as a library, community garden, and a softball field. For the past five years, Brittany has worked for RIT as an admissions counselor covering the west region of the United States. Her job has her on the road to recruit prospective Deaf and Hard of Hearing students three months a year. Brittany has performed over three hundred presentations, met with over a thousand prospective students, attended nearly a dozen professional conferences, and published an article in a national magazine for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to offer post-secondary transition planning guidance. Brittany aspires to enter law school in the next five years and to specialize in disability and immigration law. Brittany is a member of the RocCity Inclusion Action Team.
Chloe Corcoran
Inclusion Action Team Leader
Chloe grew up in the 19th ward before moving out to Greece for high school. After attending the University of Rochester, she worked downtown before deciding to move to Baltimore, and then off to graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston. She returned to her Rochester roots in 2011 and now works in Advancement for the University of Rochester. Alongside her work at RocCity Coalition, she is an active volunteer with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and UR Young Leaders. Chloe has a passion for education, diversity, inclusion, and making Rochester an even stronger, more vibrant community.
Tarik Cristen
At Large Member
Tarik graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 with a bachelor's in Financial Economics. He is currently working as an admissions counselor for his alma mater with territorial responsibilities in New York City and Western New York. Tarik is a champion of education and a passionate facilitator of the creation of opportunities for various classes of under-served populations.
Shannon Ealy
Employment Action Team Leader
Shannon is a Rochester native with a Bachelor’s in Advertising from Syracuse University. After college, she worked in local radio and co-hosted a morning program in the Hudson Valley. Living and traveling across New York State has deepened her appreciation for the people, places and personality of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. She is proud to work in Public Policy & Advocacy for Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and looks forward to helping continue the revitalization of the upstate (and downtown) economy and culture.
Erica Erskine
Marketing Committee Leader
Erica is a Digital Marketing Technologist at Mason Digital, a marketing firm in Penfield, NY. She was born and raised in the Hudson Valley region and relocated to Rochester in 2011. She currently resides in Fairport, NY with her husband Zachary. Erica is a marketing committee leader for RocCity Coalition. She will be the liaison between RocCity and Mason Digital / Mason Marketing, helping with marketing strategy, website design, SEO and social media. Erica graduated from the University at Albany in 2009 with a dual major in Communication and Sociology. She is excited to share her expertise and help support non-profit agencies in Rochester.
Molly Gaudioso
Housing Action Team Leader
Molly is a Rochester native and community planner for the Steinmetz Planning Group, a local consulting firm that specializes in planning and zoning efforts for communities of all sizes across Upstate New York. It is the challenges that Rochester and other rustbelt cities have faced over the last few decades that inspired her to pursue a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University in 2011. Since then, Molly has successfully completed a number of community planning and enhancement efforts within the states of New York and Ohio. In her free time, Molly enjoys exploring the fabric of the City, learning more about its history and culture, and frequenting its up- and-coming microbreweries. She is excited to see what the future has in store for the greater Rochester area, and islooking forward to being a part of its revitalization.
Ana Liss
Employment Action Team Leader
Ana is Managing Director of Business Development at Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), where she serves as a liaison between companies, site selectors, and economic development authorities in efforts to grow the regional economy through business retention and attraction. Previously, Ana served the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as an Empire State Fellow and policy analyst and advisor primarily in economic development and arts and tourism. She has also worked in corporate relations at Cornell University, as a consultant to fiscally-distressed municipalities in New York State, and as a news anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate in New York State’s Southern Tier and for Rochester’s 13WHAM News. Ana holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Advanced Certificate in Innovation Management and Technology Transfer from SUNY Empire State College. A Rochester native, Ana attended Pittsford Mendon High School and has local ancestry dating back to the early 19th century.
Yasmin J. Mattox
Inclusion Action Team Leader
Yasmin J. Mattox is the Program Assistant at RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, and Owner and Principal Researcher & Consultant at Y Mattox Research & Consulting, a social science research firm. Born in Lower Manhattan and raised in Harlem, Mattox is a NYC transplant who has fallen in love with Rochester over the decade in which she has lived here. She works with several groups in varying roles, including RocCity Coalition (Inclusion Team Co-Leader) and Black Young Professionals (Community Service Chair) to do her part in helping to ensure a brighter and more resilient future for the Rochester area.
Kate McCurdy
At Large Member
Kate grew up in the Rochester area and her family’s history is closely linked to the City of Rochester. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Williams College, and her Juris Doctorate from University of Virginia School of Law. Kate is an associate attorney at the law firm of Weinstein and Randisi, where she enjoys practicing in the areas of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law. Her work centers around helping families accomplish goals related to estate planning, long-term care planning and estate administration. Kate is a member and former board-member of Concentus Women’s Chorus. She also serves on the YMCA Endowment Committee. Kate has lived on the east side, the west side and in the City of Rochester itself, but she’s currently enjoying life out in the Rush/Avon area with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She is thrilled to be part of a project that is dedicated to the future of this incredible community.
Brian Milburn
At Large Member
Brian A. Milburn, a Deaf person, hails from Chicagoland and is a proud graduate of RIT. He recently completed six years of teaching English at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and is now preparing for doctorate studies in Higher Education at the University of Rochester. He has a particular concern for how complex, intersectional communities are best supported through the built environments around them — for him, this translates into strong interests in urban planning, transportation equity, and higher education administration. Brian is a member of the RocCity Inclusion Action Team.
Tiffany Mincey
At Large Member
Tiffany E. Mincey is a native of Rochester, NY. She graduated SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts Spanish with a double minor in International Business and Education in 2010 and graduated Florida International University in 2011 with a Master of Public Administration. She currently participating in the African-American Leadership Development Program via the United Way. A unique fact about Tiffany is she competed in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) show in April 2015 placing 3rd in her class in the Figure Division. Tiffany is very involved in the community serving as a volunteer, donor and leader within several organizations: Urban League of Rochester, United Way, Black Young Professionals, Rochester Young Professionals, and The Jennifer House.
Jermayne Myers
At Large member
Jermayne is Executive Staff Assistant to the Mayor of Rochester, and Assistant to the Director of Security for the City’s Department of Environmental Services and Executive Services. He exudes a passion for the amazing city of Rochester, and hopes to connect young professionals who share a similar passion for community service and philanthropy. Jermayne has been involved with the Rochester Black Young Professionals, the young professional arm of the Urban League, since 2012, most recently as its Community Service Chair. He is also leading an effort to develop a young professionals group for employees of the City of Rochester.
Shalym O. Nater
Inclusion Action Team Leader
Shalym O. Nater is currently employed at Ibero-American Action League; the only dual language agency in Upstate New York. He works in the ASPIRA Mentoring and Enrichment program helping 7th and 8th graders find academic success while developing their social-emotional skills. He has ten years of experience serving youth. Mr. Nater also works for State Senator, Rich M. Funke as Community Relations Liaison for Rochester with a focus in the Latino Community. Mr. Nater is a strong advocate for the Latino Community. He is an active member of La Cumbre, a community forum that works to improve the lives of Latinos/Hispanics relating to education, government, health, arts & culture, public safety and economic development. He is a member of the Youth Services Quality Council, part of the Latino Family Day Planning Committee at the MAG, and serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Rochester. He is also part of the Monroe County/Rochester Youth Committee which serves to advise the local Workforce Investment Board on the development and implementation of workforce development services to youth throughout Monroe County.
Jonathan Nwagbaraocha
At Large Member
Jonathan is the Compliance Leader and Environmental Affairs Manager for Xerox Corporation. As Compliance Leader, he ensures that the organization is in full statutory compliance with all rules and regulations related to all applicable laws in the industry. Jonathan also serves as President for Xerox's YP Nexus group, where he helps the organization achieve diversity and inclusion goals. Jonathan lives in the South Wedge with his wife, Laura, and 5 month old child, Grace. He is an active community volunteer with Pillars of Hope at School No. 5, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society Associate Board, and he serves as the Planning Committee Chair, American Bar Association SEER. Jonathan believes in working together to create a community where diversity and inclusion is supported and where every child has an opportunity to succeed. What excites him the most about being RocCity is working with other young professionals to create such a community in Rochester.
Rich Pulvino
At Large Member
Rich is a Communication professional living in Rochester, NY currently working for ESL Federal Credit Union. His experience includes developing content marketing and social media strategies for firms in the financial services, healthcare, IT, and telecommunications industries. Rich is passionate about the growth and change of Rochester, being on various board and volunteer positions with CauseWave, NextGen Rochester, and past-president of PRSA. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in English and Communication from SUNY Geneseo, and a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Rich is marketing co-leader for RocCity Coalition.
Matthew Ray
At Large Member
Matthew has been a native of Rochester for 20 years, growing up in Pittsford and currently residing in the Highland Park Neighborhood. He is a long-standing member of NextGen Rochester. Matthew is a strong local advocate, supporting local businesses and non-profit organizations. Professionally, Matthew is currently Director of Marketing for CloudSmartz, a local application development firm serving global clients around the world. He also advises local start-up MyMinderz on its flagship work schedule notification application, ShiftAlertz. Matthew graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and a concentration in Marketing and International Business. 
Smriti Sharma
Sustainable Lifestyle Action Team Leader
Smriti was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue her undergraduate studies. After completing her bachelor's in North Carolina, she moved to Syracuse to pursue her graduate degree in environmental science. She moved to Rochester in 2015 and works as an environmental scientist. Rochester is her favorite place that she’s ever lived. She loves everything in Rochester from the unique neighborhoods, the bike-friendly roads, and the arts scene to the microbreweries and the proximity to Lake Ontario. Smriti is passionate about environmental conservation and issues surrounding food and water security. She wants to continue to be involved in her local community by participating in organizations such as RocCity coalition that bring people together to help out local organizations doing good work to benefit society.
James C. Smith
At Large Member
James is a husband and proud father of three children. He is the Urban District Executive Director at the Carlson Metro YMCA. He leads the Carlson Metro Center, Maplewood Family, and Lewis Street Branches in order to positively impact the surrounding communities through mission driven programming. He also serves as a co-champion for the YMCA Global Center of Excellence team. James is the first person in his family to graduate from college. He earned his B.S. in psychology from SUNY Brockport. He volunteers for the Partners of Learning Program at Nazareth College, the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS, and the Refugee, Immigration and Language Services Sub-committee at Catholic Family Center. James focuses his time on uplifting marginalized communities by giving more access to resources while creating equity. He is excited to work as a change agent with RocCity Coalition to build bridges of collaboration and come to each and every table humbly ready to work, inspire, support, and lead where needed.
Kellie Streff
RocCity Rising Chair
Kellie went to Penfield High school and then to RIT where she was a member of the ZTA fraternity. In her time there she was the philanthropy and community service chair. While serving as the development and fundraising coordinator for St. Peter’s Kitchen, she was exposed to the great needs of Rochester and that is where her passion for the city and helping our broader community took flight. She currently works at the United Way of Greater Rochester and heads the Serve Division of the Emerging Leader’s Society. She lives with her fiancée James, enjoys good conversation, a dark cup of coffee, and trying new recipes. Kellie is the chair of RocCity Rising.
Dawn Taubman
Education Action Team Leader
Dawn is a leadership development coach and entrepreneur who is passionately focused on empowering people to invest their individual strengths and skills to create positive change in their professional and personal communities. Dawn grew up in the Rochester area, and spent 10+ years as an executive assistant at Harris Corporation, in addition to helping spread entrepreneurship to students through a local non-profit organization. Dawn is Co-Founder of Red Letter Gift, curating trendy and thoughtful gift ideas by personality and occasion. She volunteers as Co-Leader of the RocCity Coalition's Vision 2025 Education Action team. Dawn has a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management from Roberts Wesleyan College, and Certification in Energy Leadership Coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
David Taubman
Education Action Team Leader
David Taubman is an engineer and entrepreneur living in Rochester, New York. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. David is currently employed at Harris Communication Systems in Strategy and Business Development, where he is responsible for strategic planning, market research and competitive analysis. He also runs a small company, RC3 Solutions, LLC, focused on providing low cost engineering services to local Rochester companies. David is active in the community, participating in several local charitable initiatives including the United Way Young Leaders Club and the RocCity Coalition’s Vision 2025 Project. He is also actively pursuing an MBA in Finance at University of Rochester. Outside of work, David’s favorite pastimes include golfing, boating, backpacking in the Adirondacks, and snowboarding.
Amy Ventura
At Large Member
Amy moved to Rochester after graduating from SUNY Geneseo in 2011. She completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the City of Rochester in her first year post-college, and has continued to serve in various financial and strategic planning roles for the City. She now works in the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives and work to develop programs and policies that improve economic opportunities for Rochester residents. She serves on the Rochester Community Television Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair for Community Development with Rochester Young Professionals.
Sarah Vitberg
At Large Member
Sarah Vitberg leads a much different lifestyle than most and has a unique perspective on her beloved City. Not only is she home bound due to a disability, she’s also a stay at home mom and knows a different world than others do because of it. She hustles for a living by teaching classes here and there and selling her art. Volunteering is also something she enjoys doing, as well as hosting a monthly open mic Storytime event. She’s little bits and pieces of Rochester all put together and looks forward to a future where, to quote Ani Difranco, “We find strength in the differences between us and comfort where we overlap.” Sarah is a member of the RocCity Inclusion Action team.