What is FOCUS Greater Syracuse?
“Forging Our Community’s United Strength,” FOCUS Greater Syracuse is a community-wide visioning program created with the goal of making Syracuse a better place to live and work. Started by a group of interested residents, the program, loosely modeled after several visioning projects around the country, came out of the desire to determine a course of action and growth for Syracuse. FOCUS Greater Syracuse is a not-for-profit organization.
What is different about FOCUS Greater Syracuse from other visioning programs is that the ideas came from thousands of every day folks, the citizens of Syracuse and Central New York, not from people in authority positions.
FOCUS asked the citizens of Greater Syracuse what their dreams were for the future of our community. What did they want Central New York to look like in the future? They came up with real goals. READ ABOUT THEM HERE. We highlight 20 GOALS for 20 YEARS.
FOCUS Mission Statement
FOCUS is a citizen driven organization that taps citizen creativity
to bring about change in Central New York by enabling citizens,
organizations and government to work together to enhance the quality of our lives
and our economic future.
FOCUS engages in citizen-centered research, engagement and planning.
FOCUS Board of Directors
Carrie Carapella, SRC, Inc.
Sean Daughton, Dannible & McKee, LLP
Daniel Feng, P.E.C., Inc.
Robert Haley, Architect, AIA, LEED, AP
Suzann Hensley, American Red Cross
Brian Hoke, Bentley Hoke LLC
Michelle Jones Galvin, Onondaga County administration, retired
Carlene Lacey, National Grid
Michael LaMontagne, C&S Companies
Donald Radke, FM Realty
Kathleen Rapp, Onondaga County Legislature, retired
Rita Reicher, KS&R
David E. Rogers, SUNY Morrisville
Amy Rood, Brown & Sanford Consulting, LLC
William Sanford, Brown & Sanford Consulting, LLC
Telisa Stewart, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Mary Thompson, Home Builders & Remodelers of Central New York
Ahmeed Turner, Say Yes to Education
Bill Brod, Syracuse New Times
Lucille Browning, Citizen Volunteer
Andrea Latchem, Syracuse University retired
Kevin Magdon, Hilton Worldwide
Andrew Maxwell, C&S Cos., SUNY ESF
Judith Mower, JC Mower Consultants
George Puzey, GA Puzey Consultants
Nancy H. Smith, N H Smith Consulting
Rosie Taravella, American Red Cross
FOCUS Executive Director
Charlotte “Chuckie” Holstein
Executive Director Emeritus
Director of Community Engagement and Organizational Advancement
Director of Strategic and Network Communications
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