Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling Named Executive Director of Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

Brooks-Rolling will lead and advance the growth of the region’s only minority chamber of commerce

Syracuse, NY – The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) has named Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling as its new executive director. Brooks-Rolling has served as interim executive director for the past year managing the organization’s day to day operations.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we are excited to have Me’Shae join UMEA as our executive director,” said Calvin Corriders, president of the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and regional president, Syracuse Market at Pathfinder Bank. “Me’Shae brings a diverse skill set that will prove beneficial to our minority business community. As interim executive director she has helped this organization grow in impact and reach, and connect more minority and women-owned businesses to the resources they need to grow and succeed.”

As executive director, Brooks-Rolling will work with minority businesses to help them grow and expand, engage in strategic networking, and identify technical assistance and financial support resources they may need. She will also be responsible for managing stakeholder relationships.

As a serial entrepreneur, Brooks-Rolling brings more than 25 years of experience in special events, conferencing and hospitality industries. Prior to becoming a business owner, she was the director of special events and conferences at the Institute for Veterans & Military Families at Syracuse University, where she was responsible for vendor procurement. She made history in 2018 when she became the first franchise owner/operator of EventPrep, Inc. in New York state and the northeastern territory. Just The Basics Financial Literacy is her micro-socio business enterprise. Brooks-Rolling is an author and Certified Educator in Personal Finance, and is the executive producer of the 2021 Financial Empowerment Summit. Additionally, Brooks-Rolling is MWBE-certified with the city of Syracuse, New York state and the NY/NJ Minority Supplier Development Council. She earned her Master of Public Administration degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, having attended on a full fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additionally, she volunteers on a number of executive and advisory boards and contributes philanthropically to the Syracuse community.

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UMEA-The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is a minority Chamber of Commerce in the 16 county region of Upstate New York, acting as an agency for economic development on behalf of professionals of color. Its mission is to harness the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the region.