Rachel Barnhart has joined the Board of Reconnect Rochester.
Posted by: Mike Governale, president and co-founder of Reconnect Rochester

Reconnect Rochester has some terrific news to share. Made official last week with a unanimous vote, Ms. Rachel Barnhart has become the newest member of our Board of Directors!

Rachel Barnhart is a journalist and news anchor with WROC.We are thrilled to have Rachel on our team, not only because of her professional accomplishments—she is a journalist and news anchor on channel 8 WROC—but also because she is one of our community’s most vocal advocates for pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and transportation alternatives. And for a young and growing organization like ours, Rachel’s unmatched work ethic will be extremely valuable.

Rachel Barnhart is a Rochester native who grew up in the Maplewood neighborhood. She graduated from John Marshall High School and Cornell University.

In everything Rachel does, she exudes the highest level of passion for Rochester – which we love! At WROC external link and on social media, Rachel enjoys covering local politics, education and downtown development. In 2011, she co-founded the Rochester Media Association external link. And she’s also been a leader on social media; winning City Newspaper’s “Best of Rochester” reader’s poll several times for best blog external link, Facebook external link and Twitter external link pages.

Rachel is an avid swimmer, and enjoys long walks through the city. Together, we hope to make those Rochester walks safer, and even more enjoyable.


  1. Welcome, Rachel! I am delighted that an advocate for pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods is now a member of the Reconnect Rochester board.

  2. God bless you for your courage to run for mayor
    I have admired your work for years.
    I am Bud DeWolff ,a national, international Architect with headquarters in our city.
    You have alway been sensitive to my endeavors.
    Like you I buck the political establishments of Rochester.
    You defended my situation when I won the 455 million remodernization school disrrict and the politics cleverly removed me in favor of the FBI investigated Contractor of the first phase.
    I designed the unique 25 Story high rise on parcel 5 to also house a Performing Arts Center.i reared the design knowing I was too late to submit because I was disappointed at the projects that could win.
    My design for parcel 5 was applauded by Architects and others and stated that it was needed to place Rochester at a high lever of a progressive city exactly what your mission is.
    I have been a long time friend of Governor Patacki and he enlisted me as an advisor as when he called me to ask me what I thiught of him running for Governor of NY I told him I had a vision that he would win by 4.2% and he did just that
    . I predict that you will win by 18% if you be yourself .
    I do not know how to contact you but check my website. I have very influential friends who feel the same as I do “THE CITY HAS TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX”
    I have had a history of proposals to the city that would have elevated our City but most, not all, have been ignored.
    The Mayor’s office asked me to design a creative Performing Arts Center two years ago to take to the Governor for funding .I never heard how she fared.
    The project is on my web site.
    I am semiretired and no longer Practicibg in this country therefore my contacting you is the sole purpose of offering my assistance to make my prediction for you become a reality.
    Call GOV Patackl and he will relate the story To You.
    I look forward to addressing you as Honorable Mayor Barnheart
    Bud DeWolff Architect,AIA,NCARB,RA,
    ISOA (international society of architects)

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