Mayor's Office of Community Wealth Building

“For we know now that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Office of Community Wealth Building will develop policies that combine existing government programs with the business community, the non-profit sector and educational institutions to help city residents build personal wealth and achieve equal pay for equal work. 

The Office will achieve this by

Improving the community’s access to credit based on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s 2016 City of Rochester Credit Profile. Find the report here>>

Zaaqi Johnson, owner of Zoc’s Gourmet Burgers, a Kiva loan recipientWorking work with community organizations to provide financial literacy education for residents and small businesses.

Serving as the City’s liaison to the Market Driven Community Co-op. (MDCC). 

Confronting the issue of wage disparity as outlined in a recent report conducted by the City’s Office of Innovation, SEIU 1199 and the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, which found that unfair wages are causing many city residents to live in poverty even though they have full time jobs. Read the Report>>

Working Closely with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. This Office has implemented such successful programs as Kiva Rochester, Vanpool and Bikeshare and has brought in more than $6 million to support its initiatives.

Richmond  Model

The Office of Community Wealth Building  is conceptually modeled after Richmond, Va.'s Office of Community Wealth Building


Lomax R. Campbell Director
City Hall Room 221B
30 Church St.
Rochester, N.Y. 14614
Brad Willows,
Executive Staff Assistant
City Hall Room 221B
30 Church St.
Rochester, N.Y. 14614