Buffalo Prep Executive Director Appointed to National Advisory Board

BUFFALO, NY, December 2, 2021 Buffalo Prep’s executive director, Patti L. Stephen, has been named to the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) Advisory Board.  Ms. Stephen joins a group of current board members in serving as ambassadors and champions for NPEA in its mission of connecting the people, practices, and innovations essential for eliminating barriers to educational access and college and career success for underserved students.

“It is an honor to stand alongside the most talented and dedicated people who share Buffalo Prep’s mission of promoting educational equity and providing access and resources to underserved youth,” said Ms. Stephen. “This national recognition is extremely exciting, and I look forward to working with the board to advance Prep’s mission and the important work of NPEA and its partner organizations.”

Ms. Stephen joined Buffalo Prep in 2009 and was named as the organization’s executive director in 2016. Her position was endowed by M&T Bank in 2018 as the Robert G. Wilmers Endowed Executive Directorship. Other accolades include receiving the Buffalo Business First ‘40 Under 40’ Award and being recognized with the Dean’s Service Award by the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education for her dedication and commitment to equity and education. In 2021, Ms. Stephen was awarded the Outstanding Executive Award from the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara Chapter, which honors a Western New York business executive who recognizes and supports the role of public relations in their organization and throughout the community.

Read the official NPEA press release here.

About Buffalo Prep

Buffalo Prep was founded in 1989 by community leaders who recognized the need for additional educational opportunities for underserved youth in our city. Since its founding, Buffalo Prep has worked with thousands of underrepresented students to provide access and opportunity through its unique pipeline of preparatory programs. One-hundred percent of Buffalo Prep scholars graduate high school and are accepted to college. For more information about Buffalo Prep, visit buffaloprep.com or facebook.com/buffaloprep.