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Preservation Buffalo Niagara names new executive director

Preservation Buffalo Niagara has hired Jessie Fisher as its executive director.

Fisher was most recently director of planning with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. Fisher also previously served as project manager for Delaware Asbury Methodist Church and as a planner for Flynn Battaglia Architects.

“Jessie brings a depth of knowledge in urban design, planning, historic preservation, and community organizing that we believe is critical to move the organization forward,” said Peter Flynn, the organization’s co-chairman. “We are thrilled to have her on board to guide the organization.”

Fisher’s duties will include developing new tour and educational programs; guiding the organization in preservation issues; establishing relations with key stakeholders and community leaders; developing and launching a fund development plan and diversifying income streams through membership, major gifts, grants and planned giving.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s mission is to provide leadership in identifying, protecting and promoting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York communities.

The nonprofit organization was formed in 2008 when the 30-year old Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County joined forces. The organization is the local partner for the Preservation League of New York State and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.