Geneva 2020 has been guided by the model of collective impact successfully used in Cincinnati, Ohio. By working in collaboration, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations have tackled the student achievement crisis in Cincinnati and moved the dial on a number of indicators of student success including high school graduation rates, and reading and math scores. Cincinnati's success in system-wide improvement across dozens of metrics is an example of a collective impact, described by the White House Council for Community Solutions as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.”

We believe the collective impact model employed in Cincinnati can be an effective organizational tool for us in Geneva. To that end, a number of leaders from every sector of Geneva have gathered together to pledge their efforts in support of Geneva’s children through Geneva 2020.

Steering Committee

  • Jose Acevedo, President and CEO of Finger Lakes Health
  • Colleen Aiezza, Geneva Campus Specialist, Finger Lakes Community College
  • Greg Baker, Principal of the Geneva High School
  • Pat Collins, Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • John Cromarti, FLCC Geneva Center Administrator
  • Katie Flowers, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Mark D. Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Jane Gerling, Community Member
  • Rev. Jim Gerling, Community Member
  • Matt Horn, City Manager
  • Lucille Mallard, President of the Geneva Chapter of the NAACP
  • Kelly J. Mittiga, Senior Vice President, Director of Deposit and Retail Operations, First Niagara Bank
  • Alejandra Molina, Director of Office of Intercultural Affairs, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Victor Nelson, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the African American Men’s Association
  • Trina Newton, Superintendent of the Geneva City School District
  • Susan Pliner, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • RJ Rapozza, Director of Academic Success, Finger Lakes Community College
  • Chris Smart, Associate Professor, Cornell University-New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Montrose Streeter, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Heather Swanson, Public Information Officer, Geneva City School District
  • Mark Venuti, Chair of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva
  • Catherine Williams, Vice President for Communications, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Additional Information

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011: “Collective Impact”

Stanford Social innovation Review, 2012: “Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work”

The Strive Partnership in Cincinnati unites common providers around shared issues, goals, measurements and results, and then actively supports and strengthens strategies that work.

NAACP, 2012: “Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America’s Children”


To learn more about Geneva 2020, contact:

Amy Jackson Sellers
Geneva 2020 Program Coordinator
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3825

Thank you

Geneva 2020 gratefully acknowledges The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund for supporting our work.



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Geneva, NY 14456
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