Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE)
Ebony Miller was named interim director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) in November 2015. CUE, located on the first floor of the RIT Downtown Center in the former historic Rochester Savings Bank building at 40 Franklin St., provides business and consulting services to urban entrepreneurs or anyone who has an existing business or is hoping to launch a new business within the urban area.
In her role, Miller, formerly CUE program manager, will lead the center’s efforts to raise funds to provide critical assistance to underserved businesses in high growth sectors, and foster outreach and collaboration with the Rochester City School District and entrepreneurship education for dislocated workers. She will also maintain partnerships with entrepreneurship and training efforts currently found within RIT’s Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Venture Creations business incubator, as well as other community, government and economic development organizations.
Miller came to RIT in 2011 as a senior staff specialist for the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. In 2013, she became program manager for CUE where she was responsible for researching, developing and delivering mission related programming; delivering program assessments and evaluation; recruiting, selecting and evaluating training consultants; and mentoring program participants
Prior to joining RIT, Miller worked as program coordinator at the Urban League of Rochester’s Minority and Women Business Development Division where she assisted entrepreneurs with growing their business and aspiring entrepreneurs with identifying their needs.
Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Masters of Arts in Informatics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Associate Director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship
Carballada was named Associate Director in November 2015 after he stepped down from his position as the Interim Executive Director for the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship. Carballada is the former neighborhood and business development commissioner for the City of Rochester, and also served as Acting Mayor from January to April 2011. He received the Hispanic Person of the Year Award in 2010 from the Rochester Hispanic Business Association and also served as the 2005 RIT Minett Professor—a one-year appointment which brings distinguished Rochester-area multicultural professionals to the RIT campus to share their knowledge and experience with students and faculty. Carballada also served as the former Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents and serves on various boards in Rochester.
He previously made his mark in the banking industry where he held key posts at M&T Bank, Rochester’s Central Trust Company and First National Bank of Rochester.