Sandra A. Parker is president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Business Alliance, a post she has held since 2005.
At the Rochester Business Alliance, Sandy Parker has taken a strong community leadership role. She was instrumental in establishing the Rochester Business Alliance as the region's "Voice of Business." In 2006, she was awarded a key to the city by Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy for her leadership in the Fair Share Coalition, formed to seek parity in state aid for Rochester. That initiative grew into the highly successful Rochester Community Coalition, which brings together business, labor, local government, education, faith organizations and nonprofits to push for state investment in area projects that will create long-term jobs and boost the regional economy.
Sandy Parker is also a leader in the Unshackle Upstate coalition, which she helped form in March 2006 to push for legislative reform needed to reinvigorate the regional economy. The coalition has since grown to more than 75 organizations representing more than 45,000 employers and more than a million workers. Parker has been credited with bringing long-overdue attention to the economic challenges facing Rochester and Upstate and for her leadership in the coalition's successful campaign for reform of the state's workers' compensation system.
Sandy Parker also serves on a variety of boards, including the Bank of Castile, Center for Governmental Research, Frontier Communications of Rochester, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Monroe Community College Foundation, High Technology of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, St. Ann's Foundation, Tompkins Financial Corporation, University of Rochester, and VisitRochester.
She is listed as one of Greater Rochester's Most Influential Women, and in 2002, she won the ATHENA Award given each year to a woman for her outstanding contributions to business and her community.
She is a native of Rochester, and holds a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.