Daphne Ross

Daphne Ross

Daphne Ross is the Senior Director of Postsecondary Success and Communications for Say Yes Buffalo. During her 9 years at Say Yes Buffalo, Daphne has had various roles in the organization.

In her current role, Daphne is responsible for implementing the organization’s new youth apprenticeship program that provides Buffalo students with a new path to success and economic prosperity after high school. The program, CareerWise Greater Buffalo, 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 leads Say Yes Buffalo’s communications and marketing activities to promote the organization’s work with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of its initiative’s, 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.

Daphne is actively involved in the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves on several committees and initiatives. Additionally, Daphne is a Board Trustee of Villa Maria College and has served on the 5/14 Survivors Fund led by Tops Markets and the National Compassion Fund. As a former employee of the Jefferson Avenue Tops and a lifelong member of the Jefferson Avenue community, serving on the Survivors Committee has been one of her greatest honors in the wake of a horrific tragedy.

Contact Daphne at [email protected] or 716-247-5310, ext. 211.

Leadership Team

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

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.

Sylvia Lane is the Director of Preventive Services.

Tommy McClam is the Senior Director of Boys and Men of Color.

Daphne Ross is the Senior Director for College Success and Communications at Say Yes Buffalo.

Gellenia Smallwood is the Parent Center Director at Say Yes Buffalo.

Emily Wyckoff is the Senior Director for Development and Strategic Partnership at Say Yes Buffalo.

Our Team

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Ariel Peters is Community Schools Specialist.

Jamien Eutsey is Interim Youth Sports Management Supervisor.

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