Currently serving as president of The John R. Oishei Foundation since 2007, Robert is one of the most prominent, influential, and well-respected leaders in Western New York. He is responsible for guiding our long-term strategic direction, empowering our staff to respond quickly to the needs of our community, and inspiring our partners as they continually strive to improve the quality of life for all Western New Yorkers.
Robert has been a strong community leader dedicated to the betterment of the Buffalo-Niagara region for decades. Currently, Robert serves as Chair of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, and Chair of Great Lakes Health—a not-for-profit corporation that oversees some of the area’s largest health care and research partners. Previously, Robert has served as Chairman of the NFTA (where he pioneered completion of the Buffalo-Niagara Airport), Board President of the Martin House Restoration Corporation, and Chairman of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. A Buffalo native, Robert has been named one of The Buffalo News’ Citizens of the Year three times.