At Rochester Area Community Foundation, Simeon Banister is responsible for managing the Community Programs Department, which is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership. He is a former member Rush-Henrietta Board of Education. Additionally, he serves as a President of the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and also serves on the boards of the Congressional Award Foundation, The Children’s Agenda, and the Genesee Land Trust. His career spans across the public and private sectors having worked for organizations including in the NYS Senate, the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the State University of New York, and several private commercial real estate firms. Simeon earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science at North Carolina Central University and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.