• Jennifer Mecozzi: West District member of the Buffalo Board of Education since 2016, representing education interests. Involved in numerous community organizations and an educator who has given presentations at the local, state and national levels, she also heads the organizing committee of the New York State chapter of Local Progress. In August, the majority of the school board, including Mecozzi, backed Walton for mayor.
• Vanessa Glushefski: A lawyer and chartered accountant recruited to advise on financial matters, she is co-director of the Covid Law & Community Engagement Clinic at her alma mater, University at Buffalo School of Law. She is treasurer of the board of directors of Justice for Migrant Families; co-chair of the Western New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society; member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York; and co-chair of the New York State Women’s Bar Association, Statewide Convention Committee.
Glushefski was also briefly deputy to former Controller Mark JF Schroeder and later served as Acting Controller, when she advocated for the city’s adoption of a fund balance replenishment policy that was widely adopted and recommended by his successor.
• Alexander Wright: Founder and Chairman of the African Heritage Food Co-Op, which aims to build community ownership, tackle food deserts and eliminate price hikes in poorer areas of Buffalo. He will represent local businesses. Prior to starting AHFC, Wright managed nonprofit organizations and operated his own business consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Buffalo.