The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce you to this year’s BN360 Spotlight Professionals.
Each year, BN360 highlights a select few individuals, nominated by member companies, within the Buffalo Niagara region who exemplify today’s definition of a young rising leader. Check back each month to read about these young professionals and how they are making a positive impact on the Buffalo Niagara region.
Director of Substance User Health Policy
Emma Fabian Emma has worked with Evergreen Health for two years. She oversees some of Evergreen’s substance use programs and works locally and statewide on polices that affect people who use drugs. Prior to Evergreen, Emma worked with the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Baltimore, MD, and Witness to Innocence in Philadelphia, PA.
First Job Out of School
Emma worked with the Family Justice Center of Erie County where she held an internship during graduate school at UB.
Emma says working at Evergreen – an association with such rich history – during a time of immense growth has been a great career highlight so far.
Best Piece of Advice Given Regarding Career
We make our lives most meaningful when we connect ourselves with some really important causes or issues and we contribute to them. (From author and philosopher Peter Singer.)
- BestSelf Behavioral Health
- UB School of Social Work
- American Red Cross
- Showing Up for Racial Justice Buffalo
On Buffalo Niagara
“I’ve seen the region change a great deal in my lifetime and it’s awesome to notice new things to do, places to go, and opportunities to take advantage of.”
Greatest Benefit of Working in Buffalo Niagara
“In my experience, professionally, people tend to be down to earth and approachable.”
Greatest hope for the future of the Buffalo Niagara business community
“Opportunities for all people.”
About Being a Spotlight Professional
“It feels affirming to be recognized, especially since I am in a line of work that traditionally is not a part of opportunities like this. I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that there are so many hardworking people in this region whose efforts I wish could be made better known.”
Emma’s 5 Favorites
Favorite Restaurant: Left Bank
Favorite Business Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Santasiero’s Restaurant
Favorite Vacation Spot: Cape Cod, MA
Best Place for Wings: Polenta wings at Café 59