Metro Justice and Metro Justice Education Fund Council

Meet the 2013 Council Members!


What is Council and what do they do?

Metro Justice’s Council is elected yearly by the membership to govern the organization and supervise its staff members, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations. Below is a list of our council members and staff.



A native of Long Island, Paula has lived in Rochester since 1975. A retired teacher, the last 25 years of her teaching career were spent in the Rochester City School District. She continues to volunteer as part of the Free Partnerships program at School #20. She sits on Racial Justice, Fundraising, and Social Action committees. A member of Metro Justice since 2002, she has served previously on Council as Secretary and Vice President. As President, she seeks your input, questions, and concerns.


Before moving to Rochester this year, Maria served for eight years as an Alderperson in the City of Ithaca, where she also served as Acting Mayor. Eager to get back to grassroots organizing, she joined MJ, where she has been active on our Social Action and Education Committees and on our Education Campaign. This would be her first year on Council.


This coming year would be Luis’s third year on Council where he would continue as Vice-President and Chair of the Social Action Committee.  He is also President of the Board for Rural and Migrant Ministry, which works for social and economic justice, and a former Organizer. Currently, he is a stay-at-home dad.


Candace has been on Council since 2009 and has been active in MJ since 2002 in our Clean Elections, IDA Reform, and Education Campaigns. She has also chaired our Fundraising Committee for the past two years. She has worked as a teacher in the Rochester City School District for sixteen years.

Jake Allen webAt-Large Member

Jake Allen is a longtime activist from Hilton, NY. An active antiwar activist since high school he was involved in Rochester Against War and Rochester Students for a Democratic Society. Rochester SDS was a leader in the SDS national organization, hosting the Northeast Regional SDS Convention in 2009. Jake is now a union organizer with SEIU Local 200 United and a member of Rochester Red & Black.

At- Large Member

Michael has been a past Treasurer and Chair of our Finance Committee. Currently he is a member of our Racial Justice Committee.  He has been involved in our Ciudad Hermana, ROCLA and Tikkun Task Forces. He currently works as a financial advisor with a focus on socially-responsible investing.

jo cummings webAt- Large Member

Jo is a retired school social worker with the Rochester City School District. She is a long time member/supporter with MJ and ROCLA. She has been involved with the MJ annual dinner committee for the past two years and active with the Band of Rebels.


sarah gardener getting off bus to albanyAt-Large Member

Sarah is a long time member of Metro Justice and has been active in many ways. She worked on the Nuclear Free Zone committee, helps with mailings, has done data base entry and many other jobs over the years. Currently she is on the Annual Dinner committee. She has retired from a career in architecture.


Lynn Giglio webAt-Large Member

Lynn Giglio started her path of activism one day at work she had an awakening. She saw herself as someone who needed to step up to the plate so that her union could continue to thrive. She believes in the next generation of activists to shift the change needed in the world. When Lynn is not at work you can find her in a meeting, rally or behind bars. She has been an activist about 2 years. If Lynn wanted to be remembered for anything it would be her militant union thug life style, her huge heart, real hugs, and her genuine smile.

Larry Knox webAt-Large Member

Larry Knox is the Political Communications Coordinator for SEIU 1199. He is originally from Chicago, IL and moved to Rochester as a teenager. Has since worked for local elected officials, advocacy groups, and non-profits. He was also Regional Field Director for Organizer for America from 2008-2010 and worked briefly at the White House prior to working for 1199.

At- Large Member

Emma has been on Council since 2009. She has been chair of our Nominations Committee and has worked on our Education and Voter Mobilization Campaigns. She has a wealth of experience fundraising for a variety of non-profits and has been a personal and family educator.

Sarah Richens webAt- Large Member

Sarah became aware of Metro Justice through participating in Occupy Rochester. She is one of the founding members of the Women’s Caucus for Rochester Red and Black. She has participated in a number of actions and campaigns since the autumn of 2011. She is currently studying sociology and political science at MCC and later plan to attend SUNY Brockport to obtain my Bachelors in Sociology.

Jack SpulaAt-Large Member

Jack spent a decade as an Organizer for the Peace and Justice Education Center which later merged with Metro Act to become Metro Justice. He has been a journalist for City Newspaper and is now a freelance writer, teacher and active with Occupy Rochester and the Band of Rebels. This would be his third year on Council.

 At-Large Member

Windsor has been a member of MJ since the 1980s’. He served on the Genesee Valley ACLU Board in the 1990s’ and has been a former participant in Rochester Against Racism. He currently teaches at School Without Walls and has taught in the Rochester City School District for 29 years. 

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