Laura DeLuca

Laura DeLuca

Chief Financial Officer

Laura DeLuca is the Chief Financial Officer of Say Yes Buffalo. As CFO, Ms. DeLuca brings a strategic forward-looking and proactive stance to manage the organization’s finances, financial reporting, systems, legal and corporate matters to fulfill the mission of Say Yes Buffalo.

Ms. DeLuca is a results-oriented finance leader offering years of experience driving organizational growth, performance, and sustainability in diverse industries.  She has blend broad-scale financial acumen with entrepreneurial spirit to develop innovative solutions to financial and operational challenges. Ms DeLuca has proven ability to assemble and lead cross-functional teams to build the organization’s capacity to manage its finances as it grows in size and complexity.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Ms. DeLuca was the Corporate Controller at Try-it Distributing, Inc and Subsidiaries, a privately held New York Distributor of beer, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverage and Owner of commercial and residential properties. Prior to Try-it Distributing, Ms. DeLuca held the position of Chief Financial Officer of YWCA Northern New Jersey a not-for-profit serving women, girls, and families by providing childcare services, health and wellness programs and operator of Bergen County’s only Sexual Violence Resource Center.

While residing in NYC, Ms. DeLuca worked as the Divisional Vice President Controller Rakuten Co. (formerly Linkshare Corporation) a global company providing e-commerce businesses with a range of online marketing services and the Director of Audit of Monster Worldwide, Inc a global online careers network company located in 26 countries.

Ms. DeLuca also has a background in public accounting as a CPA, with both KPMG and Ernst and Young, where she performed audits, tax compliance and business risk services for large publicly traded companies.

Ms. DeLuca holds an Accounting degree from the University at Buffalo and has an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Not-for-Profit (CPNA) license and is a member of the AICPA.


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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