ROC the Future is pleased to announce that Dr. Lorna Washington has been selected as Chair of the Convener Board. Dr. Washington is the Senior Program Officer with the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, focusing on PreK-12 Education and Civic & Cultural initiatives. She was formerly the East EPO – Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Planning responsible for monitoring the implementation of the school turnaround model for East High School in partnership with the University of Rochester.

She has worked in various capacities within the Rochester City School District, including the Office of Accountability, Human Resources, and Teaching & Learning. Lorna holds a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester, where she also earned both a Master of Science (Health Promotion, Education & Technology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Health and Society) degree. Lorna also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Niagara University and was certified by Rochester Institute of Technology as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

She also serves as the Second Vice President for Scholarship with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter. Lorna has led family and community initiatives that have improved parent/family voice, engagement, and leadership as well as college transition programming which resulted in increased college acceptance, enrollment, and scholarships earned for first-generation college students.