About Us

Whether by bus, by rail, on bike, or on foot, Reconnect Rochester champions transportation choices that enable a more vibrant and equitable community.

Our world is changing around us. We see transportation costs in our area are rising at the same time families are struggling to save money anywhere they can. Young people are migrating to urban places that can offer them a walkable and car-free lifestyle. And a growing number of retirees are looking for ways to remain active in their communities well into their senior years – for many, this will mean a move to a more walkable neighborhood with excellent access to public transit.

We envision a community connected by a robust transportation network that makes it easy for everyone—regardless of physical or economic ability—to get around.

Rochester needs to get ahead of the curve. Our streets must be made safer and more attractive for people to walk and ride their bikes – and public transportation needs to become a more competitive alternative to driving.

In short, we must rebalance our transportation network. But we can’t rely on our elected officials and policy makers to do this work alone. This is why we do what we do.

Reconnect Rochester is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization made up of ordinary citizens who believe we can do extraordinary things together. We roll up our sleeves and lead by example. And we hope you’ll join us. Read more about some of our previous projects.

If this is of interest to you, please contact us and find out how you can volunteer. Or consider making a donation so we can continue to make a difference.

Board Members

Mike Governale


DeWain Feller

Vice President,
Rail Committee Chair

Renee Stetzer

Vice President, Community Outreach
and Pedestrian Workgroup Chair

John Lam

Vice President, Policy

Daniel Cordova


Brenda Massie


Jason Partyka

Bus Innovation Committee Co-Chair

Danielle Raymo

Event Coordinator

Douglas A. Fisher, Esq.

Carlos Mercado

Pete Nabozny

Daniel Speciale

Advisory Council

Rachel Barnhart

Crystal Benjamin-Bafford

Phillip G. Borrelli, Esq.

Roger Brown, AIA, CNU

Howard Decker, FAIA

Matthew Denker

Richard DeSarra

Erik Frisch

Erin Green

Jason Haremza

Glenn Kellogg

Elizabeth Murphy

Tim Raymond

Jon Schull

John Thomas

Bob Williams

The key word for transportation in the 21st century is Choice.

–Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation