Trustee, Medaille UniversityTerm: 2021-2025
About Brandye Merriweather '07
Brandye Merriweather was recently named President of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) - making her the first black woman to lead an economic development agency in Western New York. BUDC leads several development projects and initiatives that are furthering Buffalo’s resurgence. Some of BUDCs major initiatives include the Buffalo’s Race For Place effort which focuses on talent attraction through placemaking, vibrant streetscapes and integration of smart cities technology. Brandye also created the Queen City Pop Up Project, downtown’s first pop up retail program. This program encourages retail along Main Street in downtown Buffalo by transforming vacant storefronts into vibrant retail shops that feature local retailers.
Brandye also focuses on the continued development of the Northland Beltline Corridor. This $150 million campus, anchored by the Northland Workforce Training Center, is a hub for workforce training and advanced manufacturing on Buffalo’s East Side.
In addition, BUDC is working in partnership with the City of Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation on the $100 million transformation of LaSalle Park into Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park.
Prior to her role at BUDC, Brandye Merriweather worked for various city economic development entities as a project manager with a focus on strategic planning, small business development and commercial corridors in distressed neighborhoods.
Brandye Merriweather received a Master of Business Administration from Medaille College in 2007. Brandye was selected as one of the International Downtown Association’s 2018 Emerging Leader Fellows. She is a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2015 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award as well as a recipient of a 2016 Black Achiever’s Award. Brandye Merriweather is also a 2016 Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 award recipient and was recently recognized as #16 in Buffalo Business First’s 200 Most Powerful Women in 2021. She is an active member of the International Downtown Association and previously served on the Board of Directors for Art Services Initiative as well as Partners For a Livable Western New York. She also participates on many other steering committees and community organizations that work to further improve the City of Buffalo.