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Prominent Attorney and Public Policy Expert Leecia Eve Named Interim Chair of Roswell Park Board

Appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul to lead comprehensive cancer center’s Board of Directors

  • Eve has more than 30 years of experience in government and private industry
  • Buffalo native has been an adviser to federal and New York State leaders
  • Graduate of Smith College, Harvard Law and Harvard’s JFK School of Government

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nationally prominent attorney Leecia Eve, Esq., has been named Interim Chair of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Directors. A Buffalo native, she was named to the post by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, becoming the first woman and the first person of color to serve as Board Chair.

“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Hochul to serve as Interim Chair of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Board of Directors, and proud to continue my family’s distinguished legacy of public service. Roswell Park is an incredibly important asset and resource for our region, and I look forward to working with Roswell Park President and CEO Dr. Candace Johnson, my fellow board members, and the Roswell Park team to keep reaching new heights of achievement," says Eve. "We remain laser focused on our patients and committed to providing them with the incomparable care they expect and deserve while ensuring that we meet our community’s needs.”

A senior executive with Ichor Strategies, Eve is a public policy, legal and compliance expert with more than three decades of experience in both government and private industry. As a senior executive at Verizon, she drove deployment of 5G data service in the New York City metropolitan area and oversaw public policy, government affairs and philanthropic matters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

Previously, Eve served as Judiciary Counsel to then-Sen. Joe Biden and as Counsel and Homeland Security Advisor to then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. She has also served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for New York State and advisor to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, overseeing 11 state agencies and billions in public-private capital investment.

A graduate of Smith College, Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Eve also practiced law with Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo and at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. After law school, Eve served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Fritz W. Alexander II of the New York State Court of Appeals.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Roswell Park, a nonprofit New York State Public Benefit Corporation, since 2018.


From the world’s first chemotherapy research to the PSA prostate cancer biomarker, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center generates innovations that shape how cancer is detected, treated and prevented worldwide. Driven to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity, the Roswell Park team of 4,000 makes compassionate, patient-centered cancer care and services accessible across New York State and beyond. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park was among the first three cancer centers nationwide to become a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and is the only one to hold this designation in Upstate New York. To learn more about Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Roswell Park Care Network, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.

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