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CAO of WNY adds to leadership team


Mon, Aug 31st 2020 10:05 am

The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) has hired two employees who will be part of its leadership team. A press release said, “Both employees bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to CAO, which will help the organization make an even larger impact in the community.”

CAO President and CEO L. Nathan Hare and Senior VP of Program Administration Catherine M. Roberts said they are excited to welcome Drew Canfield and Joseph Milazzo to the CAO family.

Per CAO:

Canfield, ready for a new role as the director of housing development, strives to improve equity, catalyze revitalization, and create economic opportunity in Erie County. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Canfield received her Master of Urban Planning degree and Advanced Certificate in Sustainability. Her experience as a board member for the Clean Air Coalition of WNY and The Tool Library provides her the expertise in public service that will help lead CAO into the “new normal.”

Milazzo, the incoming director of employment and training, has a passion for helping people in the community who are looking to obtain employment. Milazzo has a decade of experience working in employment, training programs and workforce development. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he possesses degrees in both social studies and political science. Milazzo's experience in developing wraparound and career service models for the Northland Workforce Training Center provides him with the understanding of employment and training necessary for this position.

“These two individuals encompass the experience and passion to improve lives in our community by promoting self-sufficiency,” Hare said. “Drew’s experience in public service and Joseph’s work in employment training will further CAO’s ability to impact our community in an even more efficient way.”

The Community Action Organization of WNY was designated in 1965 as the official anti-poverty agency for Erie County with a mission to serve the unmet needs of the low-income population. Today, CAO serves more than 50,000 families and individuals within Erie and Niagara counties through a variety of programs and services. Visit caowny.org for more information.

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