Vice President of Operations,
Faculty Associate of Entrepreneurship
When it comes to the institute’s core values, empowerment stands out for Jamarr. “I hope to empower students to fearlessly pursue their ambitions and create a brighter future, inspiring generations and fostering a legacy of achievement and inclusivity—and have a meaningful impact on the business world,” he says. Jamarr previously served as program administrator for EnCompass and adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan University. In joining Golisano Institute, he says he’s excited to witness the growth and success of our students and faculty. “Seeing our students embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, take risks, and transform their ideas into thriving businesses fills me with immense pride and joy,” Jamarr says. He is also the current vice president of Rochester Black Men Achieve. Outside of work, Jamarr enjoys experiencing different cultures and meeting new people through travel, volunteering with youth initiatives, and spending time with family and friends.
What was your first ever job?
Working at Xerox in the Personal Property and Tax Department. Coming from poverty and attending a Rochester city school, this opportunity at Xerox held great significance for me. I was determined to make the most of it, especially since my father worked at Xerox until his untimely death. Being raised by a single mom, working at Xerox not only allowed me to grow professionally but also gave me a sense of connection to my father’s legacy.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher is a tough choice because I had several exceptional ones. However, if I had to pick, I would say my Virtual Enterprise teacher in high school, Marci Marx, stands out the most. She was not only an exceptional educator but also a caring mentor who genuinely invested in her students’ success. Under Ms. Marx’s guidance, I learned invaluable skills that have benefited me well beyond high school. She taught us teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and real-world business acumen.
Three fun facts
- I have a fraternal twin who shares my passions and experiences—a great blessing. Our bond and complementary dynamic are invaluable both personally and professionally, making us stronger and more resilient as a duo.
- I’m a history buff. It feeds my curiosity and offers insights into various cultures and civilizations across time.
- Mayonnaise is my personal kryptonite. Its taste and texture repel me.
Favorite inspirational quote
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill