Daphne Ross (Daff-knee)

Chief Impact Officer | Administrative Team


BA, Canisius College
MA, St. Bonaventure University


Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.
Villa Maria College Board of Trustees
Junior League of Buffalo
Leadership Buffalo Board of Directors


Daphne Ross is the Chief Impact Officer for Say Yes Buffalo, responsible for fundraising & development, marketing communications, scholarship administration and the management of external partnerships.

Daphne has been on the Say Yes Buffalo team for 10 years in various roles, including leading the rollout of the Buffalo College Success Network which created supports and services for Say Yes Buffalo scholars at SUNY Erie, Buffalo State, Villa Maria and Medaille to persist and complete their two and four-year degrees. She has also led the rollout of the CareerWise Greater Buffalo Modern Youth Apprenticeship Program that bridges the gap between local workforce demands and Buffalo students, providing pathways to family sustaining salaries that do not require a two- or four-year degree at entry. Additionally, Daphne has had oversight of the organizations marketing and communications strategy since joining the organization in 2013, with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of Say Yes Buffalo initiatives, services and supports.

Daphne is a lifelong Buffalo resident and was educated through the Buffalo Public School system, graduating from City Honors School. After high school, Daphne attended Canisius College earning a bachelor’s degree in Communications and St. Bonaventure University earning a masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.

What draws you to work at Say Yes?

The mission and the impact higher education had on my own life!

Hobbies & Passions

Cheering on the Buffalo Bills

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