Meet Talisa King, the BN360 Spotlight Professional for May 2019

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals, sponsored by Alpine Films. Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region. Meet Talisa King, the Spotlight Professional for May 2019.

Talisa King

Planning Coordinator | Erie County Youth Bureau

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Talisa has remained dedicated to the Buffalo community and has found her passion in serving inner-city youth and families, among others. Talisa is a graduate of Empire State College, where she studied Community and Human Services. Over the past several years, Talisa has served the community in several professional capacities, including as a program manager, a youth detention worker, chief officer of operations, a quality assurance manager, a staff development trainer and an offsite adjunct professor.

Currently, Talisa is the Planning Coordinator for the Erie County Youth Bureau, where she assists in the planning and implementation of the Erie County Comprehensive Plan on Youth Services. The plan focuses on several program areas, including encouraging youth programs in various areas and groups in the community, planning and implementing workshops and training sessions, and meeting with youth service agency personnel to promote information sharing and the coordination of services.

In addition to all of her work with youths, Talisa is the only person in the Western New York area who is certified to provide local support and events through the Arthritis Foundation. In May 2018, she worked with the Arthritis Foundation to launch the Live Yes Connect Group Buffalo—formerly known as the Arthritis Support Network Buffalo—as a way of helping others with arthritis in her community. Thanks to her efforts and support from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, May 12, 2018 was designated as “Arthritis Support Network Day” in the City of Buffalo. Talisa is committed to continually advocate for those living with arthritis, educate others about the disease, and ensure that those living with arthritis receive support and resources.

First Job Out of School

Talisa started her professional journey at Wendy’s.

Greatest Professional Win

Becoming Chief Officer of Operations for Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Programs (WHJESP) and creating what is now known as the Live Yes Support Network of Buffalo for the Arthritis Foundation. The network was formerly known as Arthritis Support Group Meetings—Buffalo.

Best Piece of Professional Advice

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” -Cesar Chavez

Community Corner

Talisa is an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Community and is involved with:

  • After-School Network of WNY—Steering Committee Member, Advocacy Co-Chair
  • After-School Network of WNY—Capacity Building Co-Chair
  • Arthritis Foundation—WNY Group Founder
  • Erie County Youth Bureau—Board Member
  • Juvenile Delinquency Alternative Initiative (JDAI) —Board Member
  • Network for Youth Success—3:00 Ambassador for 2018-19 Cohort
  • Network for Youth Success—Board Member
  • WNY Association of Youth Bureaus & Youth Boards—Board Member


Greatest Hope for the Region

“My biggest hope for the region is for people to continue to collaborate and maximize community resources at little or no cost to the community.”

On Being a Spotlight Professional

“I am honored to be recognized as a BN360 Spotlight Professional for the year of 2019.”

Talisa’s Favorites:
  1. Go to Lunch Spot—Chris’ New York Deli and Myracles Restaurant
  2. Best Buffalo Hidden Gem—Live Yes Support Group Meetings, Buffalo
  3. Dream Vacation Location—Hawaii
  4. Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby—Eating all kinds of great food and shopping
  5. Favorite “Buffalo” Food—Chicken Wings