Founded in 1915, CGR has been delivering expert support to the public, nonprofit and private sectors for a century. Originally, we were incorporated as the Rochester (NY) Bureau of Municipal Research, and were established by founder George Eastman with a mandate to “get things done for the community” we call home. Although our passion for delivering promising solutions has never changed, both the geographic area and clients we serve have broadened dramatically. Today we have a national reach and can be found working with a diverse range of agencies, organizations and communities.
In an arena served almost exclusively by for-profit consultancies, CGR stands apart. Since our founding, we have operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a status that insulates us from political bias and holds us accountable to our clients’ true shareholders – the communities they serve – positioning them as more desirable places to live and work.
Just like our clients, we’re in the business of making a difference.
Dr. Zappia brings over 30 years of experience working in healthcare, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations to CGR. For the past 11 years, Barbara worked as a senior program officer and chief learning officer at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
At the Health Foundation, Barbara directed grantmaking initiatives to create healthy neighborhood environments and to improve clinical healthcare services for older adults. Her research interests include the social determinants of health, neighborhood environmental influences on health, and asset based community development. In previous work, Barbara developed expertise in program planning and evaluation at a local, community-based agency. Earlier in her career, Barbara was a physical therapy clinician and department director in hospitals and long term care facilities in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. Dr. Zappia holds a B.S. in physical therapy from Ithaca College and M.P.A from SUNY Brockport, and she earned her Ed.D. from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education in 2014.