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Seanelle Hawkins, Ed.D.


Dr. Seanelle Hawkins is the first woman to ever serve as President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester. Dr. Hawkins joined the Urban League from her position as Executive Director of Sojourner Home — a local nonprofit that empowers women, children, and their families through transitional support services as they recover from trauma. As the Urban League of Rochester President, she has proven her mettle in transparently engaging with the Rochester community, advocating for antiracism and equity, fundraising, and innovating in organizational operations.


Dr. Hawkins is an expert in community engagement and cultural change, advocacy, transitional and permanent supportive housing, fiscal stewardship, strategic planning, and staff development.


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