Western New York Leadership

  • Regional Director

    Karen Utz
  • Regional Co-Chairs

    Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner President, SUNY Buffalo State Eric Reich Co-founder, Campus Labs
  • Regional Council Members

    AJ Baynes CEO/President, Amherst Chamber of Commerce Deanna Alterio Brennen Business Administrator, NCCC Small Business Development center Paul Brown President, Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Dottie Gallagher President & CEO,Buffalo Niagara Partnership Dr. Rosa Gonzalez Owner/Assistant Professor & Chair, Emergency Management Program, R Gonzalez Consulting, Inc./Erie Community College Thomas A. Kucharski President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara Brenda W. McDuffie President & CEO, Buffalo Urban League, Inc. Michael Metzger Vice President for Finance and Administration, SUNY Fredonia Mary Beth Popp Vice President of Corporate Relations, FIFCO USA Stephen Tucker President & CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center Michael Ulbrich President, Buffalo Manufacturing Works Dr. Mark Zupan President, Alfred University
  • Ex-Officio

    Crystal Abers Cattaraugus County Director of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism designee of Cattaraugus County Legislature Chair Paul “PJ” Wendel Chautauqua County Executive Byron W. Brown Mayor of Buffalo Curtis Crandall Chair of Allegany County Legislature Robert Restaino Mayor of Niagara Falls Rebecca Wydysh Chair of Niagara County Legislature Mark Poloncarz Erie County Executive Eddie Sundquist Mayor of Jamestown

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Karen Utz, Regional Director