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Community Leader Spotlight - Jahmar Elliott

Posted on Friday, 17 February 2023

Jahmar Elliott is the Assistant Director, Talent Acquisition & Staff Diversity Outreach at RIT and an AALDP alum. Jahmar is an active community leader that draws his motivation to give back and support future generations from his own personal experience with United Way programming.
Learn more about Jahmar:

What inspired you to become involved with United Way?
United Way constantly works to advocate for our greater community and impact the lives of individuals and families within it. I am inspired by the lasting change that can and is established through the various programs and initiatives led by United Way.

What have you learned from your involvement with United Way?
Through my involvement with United Way, I have personally learned skills that have shaped my leadership style including best practices on effective communication, problem solving, change management, and active listening. Due to the skilled developed, I have been able to understand and share not only our communities greatest needs and challenges but also our opportunities.

What aspect of United Way’s work in the community are you most passionate about supporting?
I am most passionate about United Way's work focusing on economic mobility. Families and individuals can thrive with the proper education, financial literacy, and
personal achievement to improve their lives. United Way does a great job of facilitating that conversation across many organizations.

If you had a magic wand to fix one challenge in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes community, what would it be?
Food insecurity and food deserts in various pockets of our community.

Where do you see our community five years from now?
I see our community moving forward. I expect that we develop measurable actions and work to achieve them together. I see our community with greater representation on various Leadership Boards.