CEO/President/Executive Director/Head of School, Environment and Conservation, Nonprofit and Social Impact

Inaugural Executive Director

  • Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy
  • Buffalo, NY

This position has been filled.

About the Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy

The Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy (“RWPC” or “the Conservancy”) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) established in 2021 to advance the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park (“Ralph Wilson Park”), creating a safe, vibrant, accessible, and inclusive waterfront park for generations to come, in partnership with the City of Buffalo.

Ralph Wilson Park is a 90-acre waterfront destination located on the shoreline of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. The Park is currently undergoing a $110 million community-driven transformation as a result of an initial $50 million commitment from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in 2018.

The Opportunity

The Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy seeks a dynamic, visionary, and collaborative leader to serve as the inaugural Executive Director. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional leader to shape and lead a fundamentally transformational effort in a community going through a major renaissance.

This leader will build RWPC from the ground up and advance the organization’s vision of establishing Ralph Wilson Park as a world-class park through a high level of maintenance, sustainable and innovative management practices, exceptional greenspace and waterfront access, and deliver diverse, community-led programming and recreation.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Cheryl Stevens, George Theotokatos and Bryn Siberski are leading this search.

To make recommendations or to express interest in this role please email All nominations, inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Read and download the Position Profile here.

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