Executive Committee Officers
President – Evelyn Evans
Evelyn is president emerita of the Federation of Social Workers; an IUE-CWA local, and currently holds the position of Treasurer. She is a Trustee for the Rochester Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and a member of the Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of Pride At Work.
Vice President - Luis Torres
Since becoming a Metro Justice member in 2009, Luis has had the fortune to volunteer with campaigns, help with the running of the organization, learning from the old school volunteers, and getting blown away by the new members. He has also been lucky to get the opportunity to work with those making a living in farmwork, hotels, and healthcare. He was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. One way he is growing the movement is by having four kids... Maya, Mateo, Noah and Phoebe.
Treasurer – Marcus Dunn
Marcus joined Metro Justice over four years ago and joined the finance committee in 2017. He filled in as acting Treasurer at the end of 2018, was elected Treasurer in January 2019, and will complete his second term as Treasurer at the end of January 2020. In addition to his duties at Metro Justice, Marcus sits on several boards and serves on the City/County Commission on Race and Structural Equity. Marcus was motivated to dedicate his time, talent, and treasure to the community as he saw the way the 2016 Presidential election developed and only accelerated his activities after graduating from the United Way’s African American Leadership Program in 2017. A Las Vegas native, he moved to Rochester to earn a Master of Science from the Simon School of Business in 2011 and returned to Rochester permanently in 2012.
Secretary – Crescenzo Scipione
Born into a Metro Justice family, Crescenzo became active during the Iraq War and has since organized with many local struggles. Highlights include defeating Mayoral Control of the RCSD, numerous clinic and eviction defenses, and the Rochester Fight for $15. He’s served as Council Secretary for the past 2 years, and sits on the Rochester for Energy Democracy campaign’s Steering Committee. Crescenzo is an avid supporter of the Rojava Revolution in the Democratic Federation of Northern & Eastern Syria, and of the Kurdish liberation movement in general.
At Large Council Members
Jake Allen is a union organizer with SEIU Local 200United. As part of the labor movement, Jake has helped organize more than 350 adjunct faculty at Nazareth College, fought to preserve worker healthcare at the University of Rochester and helped organize fast food worker strikes during the Fight for $15. Jake has also been active with student, tenant, and prisoner solidarity movements for many years.
Alice Carli learned about community organizing as an ACORN volunteer in the early 1980s, before moving to Rochester to study musicology at Eastman. She has worked for the past 25 years as the scores conservator at Sibley Music Library. In November of 2016 she attended a meeting of Campaign for NY Health - Rochester at Metro Justice, and her old interest in community activism was revived and is now going strong.
Robert was radicalized by the Travyon Martin modern lynching which led him to launching the only college chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This gave him the opportunity to be mentored by Bernard LaFayette and the late C.T. Vivian. In 2016, he moved to Rochester to study at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, earning a Master’s degree in theology and social-justice. His master’s thesis focused on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. While studying at Colgate, he was the Director of Fundraising and Membership at Metro Justice. After leaving Metro Justice staff, he taught ELA and Journalism as a long-term substitute in the RCSD. He is a Doctoral student in Warner School of Education at the U of R. His research interests seek to understand the adverse childhood experiences of African-American students across the P-20 education pipeline and offer systemic solutions.
Larry Knox is currently a Political Coordinator for 1199SEIU. He was the Regional Campaign coordinator for the Barack Obama campaign in 2008, the WNY staffer for Organizing for America after the election and served briefly as a White House Associate in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Larry is a member of the RMAPI Policy committee and formerly served on the board of Citizen Action. Married with four daughters, he got his start in politics volunteering in high school for his State Senator.
Bill McCoy is a retired engineer with over 50 years of work with Metro Justice including serving on council from 1972 to 1976, again for 5 years during the 1980's and again in the 1990's, president for one year in 1973 and again in 1988. During this time, worked mainly on advocating Medicare for all but also served on the tax task force, the greenling coalition (anti-redlining), nuclear free zone, anti-war and civil rights movement, joined massive rallies for these movements in NYC, DC, Albany and Rochester almost every year. Bill has knocked on nearly every door in Rochester during this period of time for all of the above issues, to register voters, and campaign for the most progressive candidates.
Julie has been a social worker at a local hospital for more than 30 years. She has worked in the areas of maternal health and infectious disease with pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS in order to achieve the best outcomes despite our deeply imperfect health care (it's not even a system) market. In 2003 with two other social workers she organized regular voting registration drives within the hospital that continued through the 2018 midterms. She is part of the local Campaign for New York Health which works to educate and inform New Yorkers about the New York Health Act and the need for universal health care. She is also on the board of the Friends of the Brighton Farmers Market.
Anthony is the Regional Political Organizer for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). For the last twenty years, Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa has committed himself to work on behalf of first-generation, low-income, minority families to ensure equal opportunity for all. Anthony currently serves as Chair of the Latino Education Task Force and has worked on over 50 campaigns for City Council, County Legislature, School Board, Mayor, and NYS Assembly and Senate with a significant focus on electing Latino and Latina candidates.