Ellen E. Grant, one of two top administrators in Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Cabinet, resigned her post, effective Monday, in order to accept a position with the Say Yes to Education program.
“She will be working with the national office of Say Yes. Her new position will be senior vice president for programs,” Brown said at news conference Monday.
In her capacity as senior vice president of programs, Grant will provide programming support to communitywide chapters in Buffalo and Syracuse and will work with a smaller chapter in Harlem in New York City.
Say Yes Buffalo is a partnership of local education stakeholders and other community leaders who have come together to ensure that graduates of the city’s public and charter schools have access to college or other post-secondary scholarships.
They are also assured access to academic, social and emotional support, as well as other support services that are intended to eliminate barriers to achievement.
Since December 2012, Grant has served as Brown’s deputy mayor overseeing all education related initiatives and as the mayor’s liaison to the Buffalo School Board and local colleges. While Grant will no longer serve as a deputy mayor, Brown said she will continue to have a role in his administration as president of the Jesse Ketchum Awards Committee.
The Jesse Ketchum Awards are presented to eighth-grade students who have earned the highest grade-point average in each of their respective schools throughout the City of Buffalo.
The other deputy mayor in Brown’s administration is his chief of staff, Elizabeth A. Ball.
Prior to joining Brown’s administration, Grant served as an executive at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; president and chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and as commissioner of Senior Services under former Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski.
Among the initiatives she oversaw are Say Yes to Education Buffalo, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and Neighborhoods of Choice programs. Grant also was the point person for Brown’s economic development efforts.