About Us

Learn, Connect, and Act in the Greater Rochester Region

ACT Rochester's purpose is to change the culture of community problem-solving and associated decision making through the use of credible, independent and timely data. This is accomplished when people LEARN about key issues, CONNECT with others in the community, and ACT to promote change.
A community indicators program of Rochester Area Community Foundation, ACT Rochester provides an objective assessment of the area's nine-county region's performance on key indicators of well-being. The robust website creates a "one stop shop" for data and analysis, over 100 indicators, as well as links to more than 300 community initiatives and resources. Center for Governmental Research conducts the research and analysis provided on the site. More than 200 local organizations and many individuals provided input and guidance into the design of ACT Rochester. 
ACT Rochester is more than a warehouse for data. Staff is engaged in local initiatives to encourage the development of goals, targets and accountability so that our community can better identify and measure progress.
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Reach ACT by phone: (585) 341-4358


Ann M. Johnson, Executive Director

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Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester executive director for over twelve years, has extensive leadership experience in business, government, education and the non-profit sector. A native of Massachusetts, Johnson’s career began at IBM in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she moved often progressing through sales management becoming West Virginia’s IBM branch manager. After working with the Governor on a significant “computers in the classroom” state-wide bid, she was appointed to direct West Virginia’s Office of Community and Economic Development. Ann came to Rochester in 1993 where she worked for more than 13 years in senior management positions at Xerox Corporation and Xerox Capital Services, a Xerox/GE joint venture.

Johnson is highly effective at building and leveraging relationships to drive positive change. She is involved with multiple community organizations, including Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, the Finger Lakes Youth Justice Team, Levine Center to End Hate, and OFC Creations (Opportunities for Creativity.)

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Advisory Committee

ACT Rochester Advisory Committee 2019

Members of the ACT Rochester advisory committee appointed by Rochester Area Community Foundation to guide and oversee this initiative include:

  • Tom Argust - Chair, Retired Commissioner of Community Development, City of Rochester
  • Hanif Abdul-Wahid - Retired Community Liaison for Neighborhood Initiatives, Monroe County Department of Planning & Development
  • Dev Garg - retired Executive, Xerox Corporation
  • Tom Gillett - retired Regional Staff Director, New York State United Teachers
  • Jennifer Leonard - President and CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Simeon Banister - Vice President, Community Programs, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Margaret Sánchez - Principal, Sánchez & Associates
  • Joe Stefko - CEO, ROC2025
  • Sharon Stiller, Esq. - Attorney, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone

 Photo courtesy of Adrian DeJesus Photography