Rev. Robert Hoggard earned his bachelor's degree from American Baptist College and his Master's degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In his Master's thesis, he explored bridging the gap between the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the Black church. Robert is a board member at Metro Justice. In his role, he is assisting in the formation of the Rochester Police Accountability Board, pushing for statewide legislation on the decriminalization of marijuana which includes retroactive pardons and grants to communities of color, and pushing for an end to cash bail and new discovery and speedy trial laws. He's also earning his Ph.D. in education at the University of Rochester. His dissertation is where the K-12 education system, public policy, workforce development, and higher education meet. It will explore P-TECH, a grade 9-14 model where students earn the necessary academic, technical, and professional skills to compete in the workforce. Robert fights to see an education system that prepares Black and Brown people for college or work rather than the street corner or the prison system.