The John R. Oishei Foundation has named Esther Annan as a program officer for Western New York’s most comprehensive private foundation. She will assist in developing, managing, and evaluating a portfolio of grants and initiatives, with a special focus on health and human services. Ms. Annan will work directly with Foundation’s other program officers and will develop relationships with those in the nonprofit community and with the Foundation’s community partners. She will begin work at the Foundation on June 1, 2020.
Prior to joining the Oishei Foundation, Ms. Annan served as program director for Say Yes to Education, Inc - Buffalo Chapter where she developed a coordinated continuum of school-based services to support students. She also managed relationships with partner organizations and coordinated the research and design of a data system to better identify and address student social-emotional, behavioral, health, wellness, and academic needs. Ms. Annan has also served as a juvenile justice counselor/detention social worker with the Erie County Department of Social Services. Her past career also includes positions with Catholic Charities, Hopevale, and UB’s Trio Programs.
Robert Gioia, President of the Oishei Foundation commented, “We are delighted to have Esther join the Foundation as a program officer. She brings a strong background in health and human services as well as in the education and arts sectors which are key focus areas for our work. We have been impressed with Esther in her work at Say Yes Buffalo and as a participant in our newly created Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color program.”
“Esther has been a founding member of the Say Yes Buffalo leadership team,” said David Rust, Say Yes Buffalo Executive Director. “Over the years, Esther’s portfolio has been focused on ensuring the delivery of high-quality wraparound supports for Buffalo students. Her infectious personality coupled with her innate ability to convene partners around a shared mission has been critical to the success Say Yes Buffalo has seen in engaging with partners, students, and families. We are proud of Esther as she makes the transition to the John R. Oishei Foundation as Program Officer, a very fitting and natural next step on her career journey. At the Foundation, she will be able to continue to make important contributions to the quality of life for students and families in our community.”
Ms. Annan is also very involved in her community, serving as former Board Chair for Young Audiences of Western New York, as a member of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative and in various positions with Erie County Chapter of the Links, Inc. and Eureka Grand Chapter, Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, State of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Social Work, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW).
The John R. Oishei Foundation is the most comprehensive private foundation in Western New York focusing on a broad range of interrelated issues and offering philanthropic support that goes far beyond funding. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.