Staff Spotlight: Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard is our Senior Director of Economic Development, accountable for Partnership’s content-driven work in our target industries and oversight of our professional member Councils. Learn more about Dan here and read on for a brief Q&A.

Q: What is your background in/what type of work were you in before the Partnership?

A: My background is in Urban Planning & Economic Development.  I worked previously for a planning & design consulting firm, focusing primarily on Municipal Master Planning and Urban Revitalization Plans. Prior to that, I worked in local economic development with the Elmwood Village Association

Q: How did your past experience prepare you for your current role at the Partnership?

A: I’ve learned that a successful municipality and a thriving economy are critically important to one another. We must have a thriving private sector if we want to build a city that truly has a high quality of life with opportunities for all of its citizens.  Likewise, we cannot neglect investment in our neighborhoods and public spaces if we are to expect private businesses to plant roots and grow in our community.  The public and private sectors as well as our citizenry must be partners in revitalizing the region.

Q: Tell us a little known fact about yourself:

A: I’ve traveled more than 20,000 miles in the US and Europe by train!

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: Play hockey, go skiing, visit different cities/curious places and hang out with my kids and neighbors just about every day.

Q: Best Buffalo Hidden Gem:

A: Our neighborhood sidewalks and porches, they’re naturally full of life and community.

Q: What is your favorite part about living in Buffalo?

A: The weather! As we revitalize our neighborhoods, clean and provide new access to our water, build outdoor skating and reinvest in our public realm, Buffalo is transforming itself into a uniquely special place to be outside every season of the year.  There are few things more beautiful than a quiet, wintry Buffalo street lit up at night.