Born into a working-class family, Todd Geise is from a small village in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He moved to Buffalo in the late 1980s to pursue his undergraduate education and has made the city his home ever since. He has lived in Buffalo the vast majority his life and considers himself a Buffalonian.
Geise is an accomplished for- and non-profit development and communications professional. He has worked with countries on every continent and has traveled throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. As a result of the sum of his experiences, he has acquired a deep appreciation of cultural diversity as well as gained a broad perspective of geopolitical and socioeconomic issues from a global perspective. Geise has held senior-level positions with Carima for Senate, The Buffalo Zoo, Advanced Language Translation, and World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. Additional employer credits include The Mentholatum Company, Fisher-Price Toys, and Canadian Consulate General.
In 2012, Geise began a career shift with an intention to focus on community contribution and cause-related issues. He became even more civic minded and politically astute and has developed a strong interest in breaking down barriers that prevent equal opportunity for all.
Geise has a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature and a master’s degree in adult education from Buffalo State College. During his graduate studies, he concentrated on French colonialism and the legacy of displaced populations and slavery caused by the imperialists of the day.
In his spare time, Geise is an avid gardener with a focus on pollinator gardening. He enjoys bird watching, fantasy literature, crossword puzzles, and time with his partner and brood of dogs.
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