Lovely Warren is the President of the Rochester City Council, and the Councilwoman representing North East Rochester. She was first elected to Rochester City Council in 2007, and has served as President since January 2010. As such, she presides over council meetings and committee hearings, makes council committee appointments, and oversees the enactment of the City budget and all City Legislation.
During her time in office, Lovely has advocated for safer City neighborhoods, has worked tirelessly on the revitalization of underdeveloped areas of North East Rochester. She personally aided in recruitment for the Rochester Police and Fire Departments. As a result, the 2012 recruiting classes for both RPD and RFD were the most diverse in both department's history. She supported North American Breweries and its efforts to develop the Genesee Brew House; a multi-million dollar effort boost redevelopment in a blighted neighborhood. She also worked directly with the CEO of North American Breweries to make job opportunities known to city residents and to encourage them to apply. Warren connected community stakeholders with executives from Wal-Mart and facilitated a series of meetings in regards to providing employment opportunities to city residents, and worked with the Collective Action Project of Marketview Heights to help bring in the new Fastrac Market.
Warren believes that if city taxpayers are going to support private development, then there should be tangible benefits associated with their support. With this firmly in mind, Warren has overseen implementation of the City’s Midtown Redevelopment Project Labor Agreement which will save taxpayer money and assure employment opportunities for city residents. She worked closely with the College Town project developers to assure that some of the new housing would be affordable for city residents.
To help increase the minority jury pool, Warren recruited twelve Monroe County residents to appear in the “Jury Service Makes A Difference” public service campaign – the first of its kind in New York State.
Warren has a deep commitment to improving city schools and outcomes for city youth. She re-established the “three on three” meetings model to improve relations with the Rochester City School District. These meetings led the way for the “Liberty Pole Initiative” that changed the RCSD busing policy, creating safer passage for students.
Warren often says that we can’t expect City Hall “to do it all,” and she has initiated several community-based outreach efforts. In response to a report indicating that young men in the City of Rochester have the lowest graduation rates in the nation, Warren co-founded Operation Transformation – a program that assists Black males between the ages of 18-30 who have dropped out of high school. The tuition-free program provides access to GED preparatory classes, life skills training and mentors to help them successfully transition from dropout to gainfully employed high school graduate within a 6-24 month time frame. To date, 80 volunteer mentors have been recruited, and 148 young men have attended seminars and prepared to take the GED exam just since the founding of the program in January 2013. Warren also is the founder and organizer of the annual North East Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway and the Cecil McClary/Red Cross Blood Drive.
Warren is the recipient of several awards and honors including the City of Rochester Annual Black Heritage Pioneer Award and Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40 Award.” She was featured in the Daily Record in as an Up & Coming Attorney and was recognized by the Democrat and Chronicle in as one Rochester’s Emerging African-American Leaders.
Warren is the former President of the Black Bar Association and maintains a private law practice, specializing in real estate law. She is also Lead Counsel and Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblyman David F. Gantt.
Warren is a native Rochesterian and a graduate of Wilson Magnet High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University. She was admitted to the bar in February 2004.
Warren and her husband Timothy Granison are the parents of a daughter, Taylor, and are active members of the Westside Church of Christ.