membership news


Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving their skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI. 

Cynthia Mullaney-Evans None this month! None this month!
Daniel Pashina    


Our chapter continues to grow! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester: 

MaryAnn Ruganis Markian Wirlo Jen Pastorella
Sara Warren Emily McPherson Melinda Guereschi
Stacy Gale Karen Przepiora Rashid Rahman
Mark OBrien Baerbel Post  


Chapter News

Earlier this year, the Rochester Chapter of PMI formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee of 4 members, reporting to and being supported by the Chapter President. Wendy Ross, Director of Diversity and Inclusion - along with committee members Herb Marshall, Brennon Thompson, and Peter LePore - invite you to view our Diversity and Inclusion webpage at

On the webpage, you will find the mission of the Committee, as well as the Diversity and Inclusion policy statement for the Chapter. You will also find information about Committee activities and links to videos and presentations that can help you be more aware of how implicit and explicit biases affect people's lives, our society, and even our own behaviors.

Please check back often for more content on the website and for information on how YOU can help us shape our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives!

NEWS You Can Use

PMI Celebrates 50 years of Service and Commitment in 2019!!

As part of a year of reflection and celebration, PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours in 2019 toward attaining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations. They are calling upon PMI staff, members, chapters, credential holders, volunteers and any individuals or organizations who want to get involved to pledge their commitment. The PMI Rochester Social Good Program team will be launching initiatives throughout the year to provide opportunities for chapter members to engage. Look for future updates under "Project Management for Social Good" in Pop ROC News. Learn more about PMI's 50th anniversary events here: 50 years.

PM Network has published the 2019 Jobs report, which is subtitled “Where the Action Is”. This geographically oriented report focuses on employment demand for Project Managers, gives a view to trends by industries (i.e. IT, Mining, Construction), and also speaks to what employers are most looking for (i.e. Technical or Not Technical; Organization Change Management Skills).

Project Management for Social Good

PMI Rochester volunteers continue their engagement with Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative. More than 20 volunteers are now actively engaged in RMAPI teams, providing pro-bono project management support. Interested in learning more about the work of RMAPI, and its impact on the community? A recent article published in the Rochester Beacon lays out the significant challenges and misunderstanding related to the RMAPI efforts.

In addition to the support of RMAPI, PMI Rochester is building out a roadmap of additional social good programs for 2019. Next up is the development and roll-out of a curriculum intended to teach project management skills to non-profits, as well as teaching the broader community project management tips for life skills. The team is also working on a 2019 day of service project, where our members will have the opportunity to use their skills to give back to the community in a 1-day team initiative. If you share a passion for project management for social good, check out the volunteer opportunities available to support our team.

PMI Rochester is a proud supporter of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). Take a look at PMIEF’s 2017 annual report to learn more about this incredible organization.


U.S. Census Data Show Rochester Poverty Rate And Child Poverty Rate Increases

Rochester, NY – New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau for the most recent five-year period indicates an increase in overall poverty rates and child poverty rates throughout the city of Rochester.

The data, from 2013 to 2017, shows the overall poverty rate rose from 32.8 percent to 33.1 percent and also indicates that:

  • Rochester’s child poverty rate grew from 50.5 percent to 51.9 percent;
  • The city’s rate of extreme poverty (below half the federal poverty line) increased from 16.3 percent to 16.8 percent; and
  • Rochester now ranks 3rd in overall poverty among the nation’s 75 largest metropolitan areas. Rochester had been ranked 4th.

These statistics were compiled by the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative in partnership with ACT Rochester based on information gathered by the Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey. This survey uses a larger sample size, making it the most comprehensive and reliable measure of poverty.

“These results underscore the importance of a systemic approach to address the pervasive, long-standing, and deeply rooted poverty that plagues our community,” says Dr. Leonard Brock, executive director of the Rochester- Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

Using data from this latest survey, we updated the list of the 10 poorest cities among the top 75 metropolitan areas in the United States. In 2013, Rochester ranked fifth. Rochester was 4th last year and now ranks 3rd behind Detroit and Cleveland.

For more details on the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, visit

For more details on the earlier poverty reports, visit or

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We need your help!

The Ithaca Branch needs you to volunteer to help us run the Branch. You DO NOT have to live in Ithaca to volunteer!. There are a number of positions and committees that we need filled.  Come on, lend us your talent and your ideas. Help us keep the Branch going.  If you can spare any time at all, please contact Paula Wedemeyer :