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.
The CGR Board selected Erika Rosenberg as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2019. Ms. Rosenberg joined CGR in 2005 after a career in journalism covering state and local government, and education policy and urban schools. She leads CGR’s expanding portfolio of work with nonprofits and foundations in community indicators, evaluation, asset mapping and landscape scans, and collective impact. Ms. Rosenberg is a trained facilitator, having completed training with the Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Institute, with three years of experience facilitating diverse groups of parents in an adult education setting touching on critical subjects such as racial equity.
Ms. Rosenberg has directed a wide variety of projects, including CGR’s Community Indicators projects, program/policy evaluations, and environmental scans. Her passion is helping communities, institutions and groups make meaningful use of data, analysis and research to inform strategic priorities and collaborative solutions. In her time at CGR, she has successfully completed projects for dozens of clients ranging from nonprofit agencies such as Ibero-American Action League and the YWCA in Rochester to funders such as the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Walmart Foundation to governments and agencies including Rochester City Council and the City’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services.
Ms. Rosenberg has led data analysis and interpretation across a variety of topic areas and is well-versed in working with different types of datasets and using a variety of analytical techniques. A seasoned facilitator and presenter, she has led conversations about data, community trends and strategies to achieve change across the country, ranging from the State of Delaware to Little Rock, AR to Erie, PA.
Prior to joining CGR, she worked for Gannett News Service in Albany, New York as a statehouse reporter, where she covered an array of public policy topics. While with Gannett, she was responsible for reporting on state politics and government for nine dailies, including news organizations covering metropolitan Rochester and Westchester, New York. During her years in journalism she also covered education, mental health, immigration and voter registration issues for newspapers in Rochester, New York and Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
She earned her B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.