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Julie Barrett O'Neill, Executive Director

Buffalo LISC looks forward to welcoming Julie Barrett O'Neill as our new executve director in the fall of 2018. Julie's expertise and experience in urban planning, sustainability, and legal work will be a tremendous asset to the Buffalo office as we move forward.

Julie has served as General Counsel and Green Program Director for the City of Buffalo Sewer Authority for the past six years. In addition to her legal work, she oversaw the implementation of the Sewer Authority's $93 million green infrastructure combined sewer overflow reduction program, under the leadership and direction of Mayor Byron W. Brown. Her role at the City was expansive, as she also worked alongside the Office of Strategic Planning and the Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as the lead personnel for the City's Energy Plan.

Prior to her work at the City, Julie served as the executive director of Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER, now known as Buffalo Niagara WATERKEEPER®, the region's largest non-profit water advocacy organization, for 10 years. She oversaw the growth of the organization from a staff of one person to a 25-member staff. While at RIVERKEEPER, Julie guided the organization in completing $2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects, the creation of a new waterfront land trust to hold urban sites for restoration and recreation uses, the New York Power Authority Niagara Power Project FERC Relicensing Environmental Settlement, the Niagara River Greenway Plan adoption, and a $40 million Buffalo River sediment clean up agreement with the US EPA.

Julie obtained her Juris Doctorate and her master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University at Buffalo. Julie is a Buffalo native who currently resides here with her husband and three children. Email Julie.

Michael Alexander, Loan Officer

Michael comes to LISC with over ten years of experience in banking and seven years of work in development. A Buffalo native and SUNY Buffalo graduate, Michael previously held positions at the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Bank of America, M&T Bank, and HSBC. He is also an alum of Leadership Buffalo's Rising Leaders program (2016) and serves as a board member for the Charter School For Applied Technology and BBRC. Email Michael.

Sarah Maurer, Program Assistant

Sarah Maurer joined LISC Buffalo as a Program Assistant in May 2016. She is responsible for all communications related tasks, including social media, website development, email marketing and assisting with events and fundraising.

Sarah brings a range of writing experiences and community involvement from her roles as a copywriter for The Buffalo News, writer for online magazine Buffalo Rising, and communications specialist for the Partnership for the Public Good. Before joining the team at LISC, Sarah worked for the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY as property manager in their housing department, assisting low-income individuals and families with securing affordable housing in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. Sarah also served in the Americorps Opportunity Corps program, providing financial literacy outreach to adults and youth in the City of Buffalo.

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Kate Rebhan, Program Officer

Kate Rebhan joined Buffalo LISC in September 2019 in the role of Capacity Building Program Officer, where her primary focus will be our East Side Corridor Initiative.

Kate is an adjunct professor at University of Buffalo, Jacobs School of Management and D’Youville College. Kate also taught at University of Buffalo Law School as a clinical instructor in the Women, Children’s and Social Justice Clinic. Prior to her teaching, Kate worked at Connors & Vilardo and was a court attorney at the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

Kate is excited to be joining LISC Buffalo because believes in the resurgence of Buffalo and Western New York. Moreover, Kate believes in the importance of investing in the underserved communities and neighborhoods in our region so all can share in its resurrection. Kate obtained her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and International Business from Northeastern University. Kate is the former president of St. Andrew’s Country Day School Advisory Board and a past board member of Buffalo Legacy. Kate also served as the Treasurer of the St. Andrew’s Home School Association and as a volunteer at Harvest House. Kate, a born and bred Buffalonian, resides with her husband and three children.

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