Mayor Lovely A. Warren is Rochester’s 67th mayor and is the first female mayor and only the second African-American in our city’s history. Mayor Warren lives with her husband Tim and their daughter Taylor in Northeast Rochester.
Mayor Warren has three important goals for Rochester – Bring more jobs to our city; make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant; and improve educational outcomes for all children.
As a mother, Mayor Warren has emphasized making education a key focus. She often visits schools to meet with and encourage students. Shortly after taking office Warren established her Early Learning Council to support Universal Pre-K. Using the recommendations of the Early Learning Council, Warren also initiated the 3-to-3 Initiative. The 3-to-3 Initiative is designed to give every 3-year old the academic and other skills needed to be successful by the time they complete the third grade. An advocate of school choice, the Mayor has been a supporter of not only the City School District but also charter schools and the establishment of Rochester’s first Beacon School.
In 2014, under her leadership the City of Rochester was successfully designated as an Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership City in Photonics and Optics by the federal government. In the Spring of 2015, Rochester was chosen to be a Techhire city by the White House and that Summer, the City won a transformative federal designation making it the Photonics Capital of the World. She continues to lead the fight for more jobs and better opportunities for all of Rochester’s residents through the Governor’s Rochester-Monroe Anti-poverty Initiative, Operation Transformation Rochester and the Young Adults Manufacturing Program.
Mayor Warren has also made a return to neighborhood-based community policing a priority. She has reorganized the Rochester Police Department (RPD) into a model that uses smaller police beats to allow officers to build stronger bonds and relationships with the residents in the neighborhoods they serve. She is also undertaking a project to implement police Body Worn Cameras in the RPD to allow police to better serve residents and for their own safety and protection.
Before her election as Mayor, Warren held the Northeast District seat on City Council. In 2010, she was elected City Council President — making her the youngest Council President in Rochester’s history.
She is past president of the Rochester Black Bar Association and has been recognized in the community with the RBJ’s “Forty Under Forty” Award, a Black Heritage Pioneer Award, the Daily Record’s “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award and the Democrat & Chronicle’s “Emerging African-American Leaders” Award.
A graduate of Wilson Magnet High School, Warren was born and raised in Rochester. She earned her Bachelor Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University.