Ellen Grant


Specializing In:

Behavioral Health Leadership

Research Interests:

Women's leadership and mentorship Diversity

About Ellen Grant


A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ellen has more than 25 years in health, behavioral health, education and human services.  Her past leadership positions include Fellow, Say Yes to Education National Office; Commissioner, Erie County Department of Mental Health; and CEO, Niagara Falls Medical Center. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level in college and university positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo and D’Youville University. She is also a licensed clinical social worker and executive coach.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Education
  • Department of Community Outreach and Engagement


Education and Training:

  • 1977-1979 - PhD- Communications and Organizational Behavior, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • 1972-1974 - MSW - State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • 1969-1972 - BA - Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


  • International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation, Washington, DC

Professional Memberships:

  • National Association of Social Workers

Professional Experience:

  • 2019-2022 - Deputy Mayor, City of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • 2012-2015 - Senior Vice President, Say Yes to Education, Buffalo, NY
  • 2010-2012 - Director, Cornerstone Manor, Buffalo, NY
  • 2005-2009 - Vice President, BlueCross/BlueShield, Buffalo, NY
  • 2003-2004 - Director of Operations, Liberty Healthcare Corporation, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 2001-2002 - President and CEO, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls, NY
  • 1988-2000 - Commissioner of Mental Health, Erie County Government, Buffalo, NY
  • 1985-1988 - Vice President, Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Honors & Awards:

  • 2000, 2020 - National Federation for Community and Justice, Buffalo, NY
  • 2016 - Buffalo Business First - Woman of Influence Award
  • 2006 - Reflections Award - Trocaire College
  • 1997 - Employee Assistance Personnel Association Erie/Ontario Chapter Appreciation Award
  • Niagara Lutheran Foundation Award for Community Service
  • 1997 - National Association of Social Workers, NY State Chapter - Social Worker of the Year
  • 1997 - Governor’s Award for Excellence in Health Advocacy
  • 1997 - St. Bonaventure University Gaudete Medal
  • 1997 - WNY Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 1992 - Honorary Doctorate - Medaille College, Buffalo NY
  • 1991 - Columbus Hospital Foundation, Woman of the Year Award
  • YWCA Leadership Award
  • 1991 - Nelson Mandela Community Service Award by NY Black Psychologists 1991


The Female Worker's Fourteen Commandments for Powering Up Your Career, Jan 2021

Management for You: Leadership Can be Color-Blind, 2009

Managing in Black and White, a Guide for the Professional Woman of Color 1991. This publication was used in course, "Empowerment Issues for Women of Color, State University of New York at Buffalo

Book Chapter, "Self-Marketing Skills for the New Administrator," Contemporary Directions in Human Resource Management 1990

"Go Tell Michelle, Letters to the First Lady", de. by Dr.'s B. Nevergold and P. Bertram