Past Emerging Leaders
In 2015, Open Buffalo launched Emerging Leaders, a first-of-its-kind leadership development program. Twenty-five dynamic, passionate leaders – representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo -- completed a rigorous curriculum combining classroom training with hands-on field experiences in organizing, coalition building, media and communications, and cutting-edge research and policy. Participants were selected with the intention of empowering communities directly impacted by injustice.
Local partners from across the Open Buffalo social justice collaborative joined forces with national trainers to deliver this groundbreaking curriculum and begin to build a new leadership pipeline in the City of Buffalo. In addition, each participant was paired with a mentor/coach in order to further build bridges between communities and organizations in our city.
Graduates of the Emerging Leaders program appear below.