Mayor Byron W. Brown

Mayor photoThe Honorable Byron W. Brown was reelected to a fourth four-year term as Mayor of New York’s second largest city in November of 2017, extending his stay as the 58th Mayor of Buffalo.

Mayor Brown has championed Buffalo’s remarkable revival and the significant progress the city has experienced under his leadership, which has resulted in over $6.1 billion in new economic development activity and is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs.  His continued vision is of a thriving, healthy and innovative Buffalo – a city that embraces inclusiveness, equity and opportunity for all.  He is a founding member of the Racial Equity Roundtable.

After taking office in 2006, Mayor Brown put in place a bold set of strategic plans that have resulted in high-profile economic development projects and job growth in Buffalo. His goal was and still is to make Buffalo a place “where no one is left out, and no one is left behind.”

Marissa ShorensteinM. Shorenstein Headshot

Marissa Shorenstein currently serves as President, AT&T Northeast Region for AT&T where she oversees the company’s external affairs for all states from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, DC.

Marissa is a graduate of Harvard University and received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Marissa serves on the Executive Committees of the New York State Business Council, the Citizens Budget Commission, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) and the Women’s Forum of New York. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Who Code, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, The Battery Conservancy and the YMCA of New York City’s Development Committee) in addition to representing AT&T at the Partnership for New York City. Marissa resides in New York City with her husband and two children.


Ulla Bak

Ms. Ulla Bak is a Co-Founder and President of Bak USA LLC. Ms. Bak is a Co-Founder at Surtab S.A. She has earned her technology expertise throughout her years as Chief Executive Officer of EMX Corporation, where she was responsible for the marketing and implementation of the EMX’s proprietary microchip.

Her continuous social engagement also became useful when she served as the Chairman of the Nebbelunde Ferring foundation, procuring schools and student housing in Africa and Latvia. She is the recipient of the Youth for Human Rights International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Technology, as well as a Recognition Award from the US Congress and California State Assembly.

She serves as a Board Member at Surtab S.A. She has served on the Board of Representatives for the Danish Bank, along with holding teaching positions in Denmark and the US, where she lectured in business and EU law. Ms. Bak holds a M.A. in Law from both Demark and USA respectively.


Christopher Fagiani

Christopher Fagiani is a member of the Buffalo Open Data group and the co-creator of an open-source mobile/cloud based data collection platform called FLOW. FLOW has been used by a number of NGOs and the World Bank to monitor the status of wells and sanitation points in the developing world. He holds a MS in Computer Science from NYU, a BA from Boston College and is currently the software development director for Oracle Public Cloud's Object Storage Service.


Andrew Nicklin

At the intersection of technology, government, data, and civic engagement, Andrew has been called an “innovative thinker and skilled technologist”. He currently works with cities across the United States through the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, helping to spread a culture of evidence-based decision making. He led former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s NYC OpenData and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Open NY programs – both widely recognized for their ground-breaking policy frameworks, excellent data management practices, and powerful public engagement strategies. 

Andrew has worked in government for 20 years, leading small teams, medium-sized departments, and executive governance groups. His broad technology experience covers areas such as data management, standards collaboration, information security, infrastructure operations, application lifecycle management, project management, resource planning, procurement, and more.