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 daughter Taylor in Northeast Rochester.
Mayor Warren has four important goals for Rochester – bring more jobs to our city, and protect the ones we have; make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant; improve education for all children; and ensure equity and fairness for everyone.
As we have recovered from the pandemic, Mayor Warren has continued to succeed in bringing more jobs to Rochester and keeping our community working. She recently announced the expansion of Zweigle’s in Northwest Rochester, and played a prominent role in the redevelopment of Eastman Business Park and the expansion of the historic Genesee Brewery. In 2019, Rochester was named the top city for future high-tech job growth by prominent MIT economists, Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson. Mayor Warren also helped create ReJob, a top-rated environmental job training program, whose 95 graduates have a 100% job placement rate.
Mayor Warren is a leader in police reform efforts, having led the fight to bring body worn cameras to Rochester. She also appointed the first Black female police chief in our City’s history and returned our police department to neighborhood-based community policing. Mayor Warren also created a non-law enforcement response to mental health and addiction-related 911 calls to help our neighbors in crisis while freeing up our police to fight serious crime. She understands there is more work to be done to reform policing in our community. That’s why she created the Racial and Structural Equity Commission and supports the Police Accountability Board playing a central role in the City’s efforts to define the future of policing in Rochester.
As a mother, Mayor Warren understands the importance of education for providing all of our children a brighter future and fighting chance at life. Visiting local schools has always been her favorite activity as Mayor and one she can’t wait to resume after the pandemic. Shortly after taking office Mayor Warren established her Early Learning Council that delivered Universal Pre-K in Rochester. Due to this achievement, the number of kids getting this vital headstart on life soared 1200%! Mayor Warren has also fought to improve our school facilities helping secure over $760 million to renovate and rebuild our schools to ensure they are on-par with their suburban neighbors. She also eliminated late fees and fines for library books and other materials so that every family can build their child’s love of reading and learning.
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 currently the vice president of the African American Mayors Association; co-chair of the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership Council; 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.