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Simeon Banister: A North Star for Rochester’s Recovery

Simeon Banister, the incoming CEO and President of the Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF). Simeon is a Rochester native and a product of the Rochester City School District.

He will discussed the North Star Coalition that he helped launch to ensure an inclusive and equitable post-pandemic recovery. As he prepares to take over the helm of the leading non-profit funding source in our region, we’ll also expelore his plans to build upon the success of his predecessor and contribute to revitalizing and growing Rochester.


Here are the chat messages

Shane Wiegand: Glad to be here Simeon!

Lydia Palmer: Thank you, Simeon, for speaking today. I wonder if you have thoughts on how Rochester can move beyond what appears to be a very siloed social and economic structure. You talk about connections, but those seem to suggest org-to-org, rather than people engaging. Are there too many groups doing very specific things who are unwilling or unable to broaden their view of how to raise the tide in Rochester?

Sarah Viggiani: For more information about the Rochester Community Foundation visit: https://www.racf.org/

Paul Hypolite: North Star Coalition website: https://www.northstarroc.com

Lydia Palmer: Thank you. Your tactics answer was more of what I was asking about.

Kavon Travis: Kavon@phuconcepts.com

Bleu Cease (he/him) RoCo: Great programs Matt. Keep it up!

Chris Cooley – OZworks Group Host: Love what you are doing Matt! Thanks for everything you are doing to support the community🙂

Brandon Vulaj: https://www.curatemeals.com/

Matthew Drouin: To learn more about Pulver Studios http://www.oakgrovecompanies.com/pulver-studios.html For info on our monthly market: https://themarketoncanal.com/


Jordan Walbesser: Learn more about BootSector here: https://joinbootsector.com/ Looking to be Powered? Reach out to me here: jordan@joinbootsector.com

Josh Creager: BootSector is a great organization to get connected with.

Josh Creager: @jordan, great job!

Clement Chung (Monroe County DES): Simeon, you mentioned the importance of including environmental and climate justice in the conversation. How does the North Star Coalition envision elevating these issues in the community’s consciousness alongside other social justice topics to demonstrate they are intertwined?

Adam Eaton: Rochester Artist Collaborative is partnering with local community members, to create a scholarship program for our Creators Lab Studio. If you would like to support an Artist contact Director Adam Eaton.

Brandon Vulaj: Any questions about CurAte and what we’re doing in Rochester, please feel free to email us! bvulaj@curatemeals.com stromie@curatemeals.com

Adam Eaton: Director: Adam Eaton Email: adame52555@yahoo.com Phone: 585-500-7023
Website: RochesterArtistCollaborative.com
Website: AdamEaton.com

jeanne strazzabosco: Adam Eaton is an incredible artist and community advocate! Thank you, Adam for all you do.

Betty Wolfanger: https://www.northstarroc.com/pledge

Beth Sieber (she/her): Have to jump off for another meeting. Greatly appreciate the conversation.

Chris Lindstrom: Thanks for having Curatemeals.com featured today! We’d love it if you gave us a try. If you have any questions you can reach out at stromie@curatemeals.com.

Kavon Travis: Kavon Chatman Kavon@phuconcepts.com Phu Concepts Inc Phuconcepts.com We can help with growing your business through Social media marketing.

Glenn Allen: Wow, great things happening in the ROC! Wonderful program. Cheers!

Lynn Malooly, Water for South Sudan: So inspiring today! Thank you all for sharing and for all your efforts. Terrific program.

Paul Tracy – Envision Productions: Thank you