Executive Director

David Rust

David Rust

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes to Education, Buffalo. Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, David served as Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services/Social Services for Erie County. David worked in Erie County government since 2009, starting as director of the Youth Bureau, funding and working with 70 positive youth development agencies.

David became Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services/Social Services in May 2011. In this capacity he managed a staff of 120 with a $14 million budget, and a primary focus on juvenile detention and diversion services. He also served the Department of Social Services on numerous interdepartmental projects with county agencies such as Family Court, Mental Health and Probation, and numerous community based collaborations for youth.

Prior to his stint in Erie County government, Rust was the program director for the Youth Character Development Foundation which is a not for profit foundation of Dale Carnegie of WNY and also as associate director, dean of students and resident director for The Francis E. Kelly Oxford Program at Somerville College in Oxford, Great Britain.

He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration Marketing/Management from the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. David also volunteers with numerous youth-based agencies throughout the City of Buffalo.

Contact Dave at drust@sayyestoeducation.org or 716-247-5310, ext. 203


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