Introducing the New Executive Director

South East Area Coalition (SEAC) is excited to announce that Mike Evans has joined the team as Executive Director. Mike lives in the Upper Monroe neighborhood in south east Rochester and has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly a decade, previously serving as Director of Operations at Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester. “Rochester is a great place to live. The opportunity to work for the South East Area Coalition (SEAC) to strengthen our partnerships with the various communities and people in the area is very exciting!”Mike enjoys punk rock music, kayaking, biking, hiking, and writing. He currently runs his own publication company and has written seven books.

You can contact Mike by emailing

SEAC Departures

It is with deep regret that we announce Courtney Klee is stepping down as SEAC’s Executive Director.  Courtney has been part of the SEAC family for more than two years, starting out as a board member, then moving up to Vice Chair before entering her role as Executive Director.  We are grateful to Courtney for her years of service and appreciate her willingness to step up and lead SEAC operations during this exceptionally challenging time.  Under her direction and leadership, Courtney worked with local talent to raise money for SEAC’s Community Fund through the sale of SEAC-inspired face masks, ran a very successful Mini Clean Sweep which provided support to our community in a time of need and helped grow relationships with numerous SEAC partners.  Courtney will continue in her position until September 25.

We thank Courtney for her leadership and unwavering passion for improving lives in the city of Rochester.  We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

We’d also like to thank Selena Ragland for their service as our Community Outreach Coordinator, since they will also be leaving on September 25.  Selena worked diligently on the Growing Out of Poverty grant from RMAPI with School Without Walls, provided support to partners such as 490 Farmers, and represented SEAC at various community meetings and through social media.  Selena has been a valuable asset to SEAC over the past year and a half.

We are sad to see them go, but we know their work in the community doesn’t stop here.

SEAC Board of Directors

Interested individuals in becoming our next Executive Director, or for general inquiries, please contact SEAC’s Chairman of the Board,

Gala Goods Coming Your Way!

As SEAC’s 2020 virtual City Bites Gala nears, we would like to present a #SEACxclusive! ROAM Cafe will be offering an exclusive Wine & Chocolate Pairing package. Tune in and allow your palate to be guided through a dance of rich flavor combinations choreographed by Drew Nye. Come solo, or bring a plus-one! You can pre-order your pairing package starting NOW until September 10th!

Packages should be picked up on Saturday, September 12th between 1-3pm at ROAM Cafe (262 Park Ave)




SEAC Gala 2020

We are HAPPY to announce our new 2020 VIRTUAL Gala Date. Please save the date for September 12th.

SEAC has been growing through some changes and we think this is actually perfect. We can show off our new office, all the work we have been doing and best of all, there will be music, prizes, and a ton more up our sleeves.

If you would like to help out in planning, donate prizes, or know you can’t make the date we are accepting donations and help. Contact Courtney Klee:

We take pride in the fact that 100% of all proceeds raised at our Gala go directly back to our community! As a small organization we want to stay true to our mission. The more money we raise, the more projects we can help facilitate. With your help we can continue to make Southeast Rochester the best neighborhood to live, play, work, and learn in.

Change coming to SEAC

In 1968 a group of concerned residents from various southeast Rochester neighborhoods began meeting on how to work together to improve their community and formed the South East Area Coalition (SEAC). For over 50 years SEAC has proudly served these neighborhoods through community advocacy, affordable housing projects, supporting local businesses and grassroots community engagement. SEAC’s work has brought millions of dollars in investments and impacted countless lives.   

Over the years SEAC has gone through many changes. On June 1st, our Executive Director, Jesse Knoth, will be moving on from SEAC to pursue other opportunities. Over his two and a half year tenure, Jesse navigated SEAC through rough waters to get it to where it is today. He oversaw the reestablishment of SEAC as an independent agency, the move to our current office at 630 East Ave, and the expansion of our staff. Jesse’s commitment to the neighborhoods that SEAC serves was evident throughout his work, whether it be insisting that proceeds from our gala go to community projects instead of overhead, establishing partnerships with a focus on grassroots projects over admin fees, or laying the groundwork for SEAC to restart a housing program.

Courtney Klee will be taking over as our Interim Executive Director while we conduct a thorough search for a permanent director. Courtney joined SEAC’s board in fall of 2018 and served as the Vice Chair for the last year and a half. She brings with her a strong housing background from her years working for PathStone in their energy department. Courtney has also been an active member of the Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association, and serves on the board of The Society of Protection and Care for Children for the past 5 years. 

Courtney and Jesse have been working closely to ensure a smooth transition. She can be reached by email at We look forward to updating you on our search in the coming months. Stay safe.

SEAC Board