Daniel Robertson

Daniel Robertson

Program Manager, Boys & Men of Color

Daniel Robertson is a native of Buffalo, NY and prior to becoming the Boys & Men of Color Program Manager, he was the Say Yes Scholar Mentoring Supervisor and former Family Support Specialist at Buffalo Public School (BPS) #64 Fredrick Law Olmsted. His diverse background includes over five years of education, extensive training and professional experience in the field of Education. His students and parents respectfully refer him to as “Mr. D” or “Mr. Daniel”. His colleagues acknowledge his passion and commitment to affording disadvantaged you with the same opportunities that he was given to reach his goals as a student of the public school system.

As a youth, Daniel attended BPS #78, BPS #43, and graduated from Westminster Community School #68, which is now Westminster Community Charter School. As a young male from humble beginnings with vigor for academic excellence, it was with great humility and honor that he accepted a full scholarship from the John R. Oishei Foundation. This monetary award afforded him the opportunity to attend Turner-Carroll High School. Upon graduation, Daniel attended the University at Buffalo where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. He continued his academic success by obtaining a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College.

Daniel’s professional career began at the University at Buffalo Child Care Center, where he worked as a Preschool Teacher and Summer Camp Counselor. In these roles, he collaborated with staff to develop and instruct age-appropriate lesson plans that encouraged physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth. Soon after, Daniel transitioned to the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. (CAO) where he continued his work with preschool-age children in their Head Start Program as an Education Coordinator. During this time he successfully managed the daily operations of 8 preschool classrooms and supervised 21 staff members. Daniel soon advanced to the CAO Youth Services Department as a Site Coordinator responsible for managing a SACC-licensed after-school program and the NURTURE Summer Camp program at the CAO Pratt-Willert Community Center. In this capacity, Daniel supervised 8 staff members, approximately 60 students and coordinated a number of special events. He was later selected to serve as Education Manager for the department where he helped to provide structure and organization for the programs within the department. Daniel’s academic excellence, professional accomplishments and insurmountable commitment to educating and supporting youth is evident in all of his endeavors.

To contact Daniel Robertson, email [email protected] or call 716.704.9865 (c) or 716-247-5310, ext. 215.

Leadership Team

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications.

Dan Cross-Viola is the Director of Extended Learning and Quality Improvement.

Laura DeLuca is the Chief Financial Officer.

David Rust is the Chief Executive Officer and founding Executive Director.

Collin Gehl is the Director of Human Resources.

Christopher J. Lee is Data Director serving in a joint position with Say Yes Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools.

Amanda Paul is Senior Director of School-Based Services. She can be reached at [email protected] and at 716-468-0043.

Tanya Staples is the Senior Director of Community Schools.

Our Team

Becca Bass serves as both a Family Support Specialist and Grant Writing and Management Specialist for Say Yes Buffalo. In her role as a Family Support Specialist, she works directly…

Christine Waikiki is South/West Zone Leader.

Ariel Peters is Community Schools Specialist.

Jamien Eutsey is Interim Youth Sports Management Supervisor.

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