Aaeon Bartley, PUSH Buffalo Founder

Aaron Bartley firmly believes in “founder’s syndrome,” the notion that a founder of an organization can stay on as leader too long, bringing stagnation or worse. So, the executive director of People United for Sustainable Housing, the dynamic grassroots organization that he and Eric Walker co-founded in 2004, is moving on.

Through PUSH, Bartley, 42, has left an indelible mark on the West Side.

His departure date is Aug. 1, 2018, at which time he will turn his attention to writing a book on community organizing in the U.S., indulging his keen interest in mid-century modern furniture – which he collects – and possibly opening a pop-up shop with books and furniture at the end of 2018. Foremost, his focus will be on being a stay-at-home dad.

In Bartley, low-income residents found someone who championed their cause from their point of view – he lived and worked with them. He has taken on the establishment and made a major contribution to the revival of Buffalo’s West Side. And improvements there are radiating to other parts of the city.

Read more at The Buffalo News.