Jerome Underwood Named President And Ceo Of Action For A Better Community
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Board of Directors of Action for a Better Community, Inc. (ABC), the Community Action Partnership agency for Monroe and Ontario Counties, has appointed Jerome Underwood as president and chief executive officer, effective February 5, 2018. Underwood succeeds James Norman, ABC’s president and CEO since 1992, who will retire on February 2. Underwood most recently served as the Rochester City School District’s director of family initiatives.From 2009 to 2012, Underwood was the district’s senior director of operations, managing a staff of 700 and a budget of $100 million.
He previously held managerial positions with Datrose, Inc. and HSBC Bank, North America. His extensive background in community service includes serving on ABC’s board of directors from 2007 to 2015, with seven years as board chair. He is board vice chair for the Greater Rochester Community Transportation Foundation, a faculty member with the United Way’s African American Leadership Development Program, a cultural broker* to the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), and a former board member of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board.