The Board of Directors of The John R. Oishei Foundation is pleased to announce its newly elected board officers and the appointment of Glenn Jackson as the newest Board member. Jackson is the Chief Diversity Officer for M&T Bank.
Maureen Hurley was appointed Vice-Chair, serving under current Chairman William G. Gisel, and Edward F. Walsh Jr. will continue in his role as Treasurer. Florence Conti, who joined the Board in 2011 and has served as Vice-Chair since 2018, has retired from the Board as of June 30. The appointments were made at the Foundation’s Annual Board meeting on May 27th.
Jackson has been with M&T Bank for more than two decades serving in a variety of roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director of Programs of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a public-private partnership led by M&T Bank to provide a life-changing continuum of “cradle-to-career” services to children on Buffalo’s East Side. He has also been a Branch Network Planning and Analysis Manager, Retail Deposit Portfolio Pricing and Analytics Manager, Treasury Asset/Liability Analyst and Manager and a Finance Analyst at M&T Bank.
Jackson has deep roots in the community and serves on several boards, including the Western New York Impact Investment Fund and The Lancaster Central School Board. He also serves on the Project Play WNY Advisory Council through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Teach for America. Jackson was a past Board Member and Board Chair for the National Federation of Just Communities of WNY. He also hosts a radio show, “Economic Empowerment,” on WUFO 1080 AM and 96.5 FM. Jackson holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
“Glenn has been a welcome addition to the WNY Impact Investment Fund and we are delighted that he will bring his expertise and perspective to the Oishei Board as well, particularly at a time of great upheaval in our community due to the COVID crisis,” commented Gisel, Chairman of the Board of The John R. Oishei Foundation. “His background in the private sector and his strong involvement in the community through his work at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, Teach for America, and the National Federation of Just Communities will be very valuable to our work.”
Hurley joined the Oishei Board in 2018 after she retired from Rich Products as one of the area’s highest-ranking female executives in a privately held company after working there for 31 years. She has been active in a number of community organizations including serving on the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. Board and the P2 Collaborative Board. She currently serves on the boards of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara, Catholic Health, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. She holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
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.