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.
Racheal Tarapacki joined Groundwork Buffalo as the Executive Director in February 2019. With 17 years of experience in all things youth and young people, Tarapacki is extremely excited to connect youth and young adults to all things environment. She is especially interested in connecting the residents and their families in Buffalo to their outside spaces and to try and fight the food desert problem Buffalo is so desperate need of. Tarapacki’s professional experience includes non-profit management, education, youth and young adults ranging from birth – college age, government, program management and grant writing and review. Tarapacki holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State college and a master’s degree in Creativity and Change Leadership, also from Buffalo State college.
Ina Ferguson – President, Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association, Western Region NYS PTA, WNYSTEM Hub
JaJean Rose-Burney – Vice President, WNY Land Conservancy
Darren Kempner-Treasurer, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Matthew Austin – Secretary, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Mark Dabney – WUFO Black Radio History Museum
Esterphine Greene – Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers Association
David Hahn-Baker – IHO Political Consultants
Elizabeth Czepski– Yoga and Circus Art instructor
Tataiana Robinson – Center for Elder Law and Justice
Joshua Reis – SolRise Farm and Cultural Arts Center