Michael Weiner, President and CEO
In July, 2009, Mr. Michael Weiner was appointed as the President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. The United Way is responsible for fundraising and the allocation of over $15 million dollars annually. These resources are utilized to address local health and human service priority indicators; encompassing Income, Education and Health/Wellness. In addition, the United Way facilitates planning, advocacy and volunteer service in support of critical community needs. Prior to this most recent appointment, Mr. Weiner served as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services from 2004-2009. In his capacity as commissioner he was responsible for the overall administration of a Department with a budget in excess of $530 million dollars and a workforce of over 1800 individuals. From 2000-2004 Mr. Weiner also served as the Commissioner of Mental Health for Erie County.
Additionally, he held the positions of Director, Deputy Director and Mental Health Program Specialist for the New York State Office of Mental Health Western New York Regional Office. He was employed as Program Manager for Inpatient Psychiatry at the Erie County Medical Center, Program Director for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Coordinator of Clinical Services for Catholic
Charities of Western New York.
He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Clinical Instructor for SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Psychiatry.
Currently, Mr. Weiner is a member of the WNED Community Advisory Board, the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business Advisory Council, and the Say Yes To Education Leadership Council. Mr. Weiner serves on the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the United Way of New York State. In addition, he holds affiliation membership with United Way Worldwide and the United Way of New York