Lovely A. Warren
Mayor, City of Rochester
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
My greatest mentor was the late Honorable Assemblyman David F. Gantt — the first Black state elected official from Monroe County. My “Boss Man,” as I often called him, was like a father to me. His mentorship helped shape and mold me into the leader I am today. I stand on the shoulders of Assemblyman Gantt, who took me, molded and shaped me, and gave me the audacity to believe that I could be mayor of the city of Rochester! I will continue his legacy by speaking truth to power for the benefit of Rochester’s residents!
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
My hopes for the Rochester community are highlighted in my 2020-21 Equity & Recovery Agenda — a bold strategy for post-pandemic economic recovery with initiatives that identify and reverse the effects of historical racism and institutional inequality, propelling all citizens toward access to equal opportunities. By addressing these disparities, I hope that the Rochester emerging from the pandemic will be a city of equity because that’s what our citizens deserve.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
My daughter Taylor and I cuddle up with a great book and read together, or we snuggle on the floor near the fireplace and binge-watch our favorite shows. I love attending parking lot church with my husband, Tim, and Taylor. I listen to Gospel music while cleaning my home, singing and thanking God for all of the love and grace bestowed upon me. I walk my fur baby, Rocco, around my neighborhood, taking in nature and thanking God for life. Since my beloved mom’s passing, I look at pictures and think about how much my mom loved me, my sister and our children. Her love is eternally in my heart.