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Geneva 2030 Announces New Leadership for a New Decade

Geneva 2030, the community partnership to support Geneva’s school children and their families, has new leadership. Karen Fahy, a highly-respected teacher and administrator with a 35-year career in education, including 20 years in the Geneva City School District, will lead the initiative as a consultant, working with the Geneva 2030 Executive Board, which is led by Geneva City Manager Sage Gerling.

“We are thrilled to welcome Karen Fahy into this leadership role with Geneva 2030,” Gerling says. “She knows our schools and our community and is deeply committed professionally and personally to both. As a veteran educator with many connections in Geneva and the Finger Lakes, she will leverage her experience, especially in literacy assessment, curriculum development and strategic planning to guide Geneva 2030 into a new decade.”

Fahy is a long-time Geneva resident, community volunteer, and child advocate. Her career in the Geneva schools included serving as Director of Humanities and Student Learning, high school English teacher, and a leader of English as a Second Language programs. As an instructional coach at Geneva High School, she has been a valuable mentor to new teachers and worked to build relationships with families and community partners. She has served on the boards of Success for Geneva’s Children and Geneva Reads and is a past president of the Finger Lakes Regional Arts Council. Fahy has also taught English as a Second Language and was a writing instructor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Fahy is currently the Executive Director of English Language Arts and Literacy Learning (ELA) for the Rochester City School District. In that role, Fahy has worked extensively with StriveTogether, the national education organization which champions a collective impact model for communities to improve the outcomes for its public school students. Geneva 2030 is a member of StriveTogether. Fahy received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rochester and earned her doctorate in education from the Warner School at the University of Rochester in 2018.

In her new role, Fahy will work in close partnership with Geneva 2030’s Community Advisory Board and its Action Teams, whose members include teachers, school administrators and a broad range of community members. Commenting on Geneva 2030’s new decade, Gerling says, “Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our teachers and administrators and community support, we have made significant progress in several areas, notably raising the high school graduation rate. But we have much more to do to improve the outcomes for Geneva’s students and better prepare them for college and careers. We are confident that Karen’s collaborative, holistic approach will be a great match for the opportunities we see and challenges we face.”

Hobart and William Smith Colleges has served as the anchor institution for Geneva 2030 since it began as Geneva 2020 in 2011. Fahy will work closely with Katie Flowers, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at HWS. She succeeds Amy Jackson Sellers who moved to a new position at CCESL. Finger Lakes Community College is a partner with Geneva 2030.

Geneva 2030 is funded by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the ESL Charitable Foundation, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the City of Geneva and the Town of Geneva. Additional support for programs benefiting Geneva students comes from the Geneva Education Foundation, a partner of Geneva 2020.

If you’d like to get involved with Geneva 2030 or serve on one of the five Acton Teams (Literacy, College to Career Readiness, Kindergarten Readiness, STEAM, and Attendance) you are encouraged to contact Fahy at

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