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Board of Directors




Hon. Byron W. Brown 

Mayor, City of Buffalo 

Chairman (Ex-Officio) 

Dennis Penman 

Owner, Penman Development Partners, LLC.

Vice Chairman

Hon. Darius Pridgen

Common Council President, City of Buffalo 



Regional Director, Empire State Development Corporation


James Comerford, Jr.

Commissioner, COB - Permit & Inspection Services 


Thomas Hersey

Commissioner - Erie County Department of Environment & Planning


Dennis Elsenbeck

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Phillips Lytle, LLP

Citizen Member 

Stephen Stepniak

Commissioner, COB Department of Public Works 


Thomas Halligan

Business Manager, Local No. 6

 Citizen Member     

Thomas Kucharski 

Executive Director, Invest Buffalo Niagara 


 Trina Burruss

Vice President/Community Relationship Officer , Northwest Savings Bank

Citizen Member

Kimberley A. Minkel 

Executive Director, NFTA


Brendan Mehaffy  

Executive Director, COB Office of Strategic Planning 


Darby Fishkin


Citizen Member

Janique Curry

M/WBE Compliance Coordinator, Erie County Medical Center

Citzen Member

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

President & CEO, Buffalo-Niagara Partnership 


Craig Slater  

Principal, The Slater Law Firm, PLLC    

 Citizen Member

David Nasca

President & Executive Officer, Evans Bank

Citizen Member

Maria Whyte 

Deputy County Executive, Erie County 


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