Congratulations to Rahwa Ghirmatzion, powerhouse woman leader and new Executive Director of grantee PUSH Buffalo!
PUSH Buffalo didn’t have to look far to find its new executive director.
The West Side nonprofit has promoted its deputy director to the top post, with Rahwa Ghirmatzion taking over the position Aug. 1. She takes over for Aaron Bartley, who co-founded PUSH and announced last November he would leave the agency to become primary caregiver for his two young children.
Ghirmatzion, who came to Buffalo as a child refugee from Eritrea in East Africa, grew up on the West Side. She joined PUSH in 2013 as development director, then became manager of programs in 2015 before her promotion to deputy director in early 2017. She previously served as executive director of Ujima Theatre Co.
With a focus on social justice, PUSH programs promote affordable housing, community-building and sustainable neighborhood development. With the completion of the School 77 project and a job-training house project on Normal Avenue, PUSH Buffalo will have developed 102 units of green, affordable rental housing and four commercial units in the neighborhood.