Our Mission:

The mission of Groundwork Buffalo is to build sustainable urban environments in Greater Buffalo by engaging and empowering families and communities, including youth, in re-generating and connecting with natural infrastructure and the built environment.

As the local affiliate of the Groundwork USA Network, we have the support of the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and leverage the resources, methods and demonstrated successes of a national network of Groundwork Trusts working to improve their environment, economy and quality of life through local action.

Our Team:

Antonina Simeti
Executive Director


Antonina Simeti joined Groundwork Buffalo as the Executive Director in January 2016. An experienced urbanist, Simeti is committed to creating new models for economically and environmentally sustainable development. She is especially interested in participatory planning processes and place-based interventions that challenge traditional planning frameworks in order to meet broad policy goals. Simeti’s professional experience includes non-profit management, design strategy, public policy research, user research, and environmental impact analysis. She has worked with a range of stakeholders including government agencies, elected officials, community-based organizations, business leaders, cultural and higher education institutions, designers and educators. Simeti holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Our Board:

Darren Kempner   Grants Manager, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Matthew Austin   Urban Fellow, City of Buffalo
Sherri Falck   Assistant Vice President, Western NY Excelsior Growth Fund
Esterphine Greene   Member, Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers Association
David Hahn-Baker   Consultant and Activist, IhO Political Consultants
Ada Hopson-Clemons   Officer, Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo and Erie County
Jeanne Leccese   Executive Director, Niagara River Greenway Commission
Jajean Rose-Burney   Deputy Executive Director, Western New York Land Conservancy