About The Commissary
The Commissary is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens combined with food industry specific business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, and strengthen our regional food economy. The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) is the project lead and has created a Single Member LLC to hold The Commissary, both corporations share RDDC's 501(c)(3) status. The development of this project is made possible thanks to our partners who are providing a variety of assets including funding, professional services, and donations of their expertise, services, and equipment.
Our partners include:
U.S. Economic Development Administration, NYS Empire State Development, Rochester Economic Development Corporation, Rochester Gas & Electric, Palmer Food Services, WinnDevelopment, City of Rochester, Christine Vargas & Vargas Associates, FL Gorman & Harris Beach PLLC, Nixon Peabody LLP, HUNT E|A|S, M/E Engineering, Link2Hospitality, Mission Commercial Realty, Karen Altman & Dorrance Lamb, and Roth Consulting Group.
The Commissary’s Board of Managers provides corporate and fiduciary oversight of the organization and will guide the operations and management of the facility and its programming.
BOARD OF MANAGERS
Laura Fox O’Sullivan, President, The Commissary
Karen Altman, Treasurer, Consultant
Michael Roche, Secretary, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Malik Evans, ESL Federal Credit Union
Brian Foley, Palmer Food Services
Rebecca Griffin, Monroe Community College
Chris Hartman, Headwater FoodHub
Vicki Licata, Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Jim Liebow, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
Ebony Miller-Wesley, RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship
Jes Scannell, Foodlink
Thad Schofield, City of Rochester
Tom Seymour, LiDestri Foods
Catharine Young, NYS Center of Excellence for Food & Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech