Longtime Baden Street Settlement Executive Director, Ron Thomas, To Retire  

Thomas to step down in 2020 after more than 26 years with the agency

Search for a new executive director currently underway

Rochester, NY (November 19, 2019) – The board of directors of Baden Street Settlement announced today that the agency’s executive director, Ron Thomas, will retire in July 2020. Thomas has led the non-profit human services organization for more than 26 years.

“I am grateful to have been a part of Baden Street Settlement over the past two decades. Our agency has become well known for being a safe place for individuals who face challenges within our community, and we’ve played an important part in the city-wide effort to address poverty in Rochester,” said Thomas. “This timing is right for my retirement, and I am certain that under new leadership, Baden Street will continue to provide quality services for people in the northeast Rochester community for years to come.”

Since the early 1900s, Baden Street Settlement has provided workforce development, afterschool programs, senior centers, health services, emergency assistance and other programs in northeast Rochester. Under Thomas’ leadership, Baden Street has honed its focus on building individual and family sustainability, promoting neighborhood revitalization, and engaged in important strategic partnerships to help service more community residents.

“Ron has played an immeasurable role in the success of Baden Street by bringing our mission to life and always putting the people of northeast Rochester first,” said Tyrese J. Bryant, board chairman. “Counting the number of people and families that Ron has impacted throughout his career is an impossible feat. On behalf of everyone at Baden Street, we are grateful for Ron’s years of service and indebted to him for his vision, leadership, empathy and passion.”

Baden Street Settlement will continue its commitment to eliminating the causes of poverty through education, social support, and cultural development. Thomas’ retirement is effective on July 1, 2020. A formal search for a new executive director is now open. Baden Street Settlement plans to have a new director in place by Summer 2020.

About Baden Street Settlement

Baden Street Settlement is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1901 that serves residents in northeast Rochester. Through its programs and services, Baden Street Settlement works to improve the quality of life of adults, children and families; to pursue the elimination of the causes of poverty; and to reduce the level of negative social problems associated with being poor and disadvantaged. The Agency works in cooperative, collaborative, and supportive spirit with concerned agencies in the community to meet the needs of neighborhood residents. To learn more about Baden Street Settlement, visit

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