Ana Hernández-Balzac

Ana Hernández-Balzac

Associate Planner

Since 2013, Ana supports a broad range of research and planning projects at UBRI. She analyzes socioeconomic data and public comments, identifies pertinent issues and trends, and develops insightful case studies and targeted reports. She has been a part of Strengthening WNY’s Safety Net, Fredonia: The Economic Impact of a University, Upstate Revitalization Initiative Research Support, Community Health Assessment of WNY, and the Niagara Falls Brownfield Opportunity Area at Buffalo Avenue.

Ana has been a professional planner since she graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture and Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She interned at the City of Niagara Falls Office of Planning and Environmental Services and went on to work for Buffalo planning and landscape architecture firm peter j. smith & company, inc. before serving alongside her husband as a Peace Corps Volunteer with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment in the State of Puebla. She subsequently worked for the Western New York Land Conservancy and dabbled in independent contracting.

Throughout her work and volunteering, Ana strives to help people develop in harmony with nature, an interest she developed while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Fundraising Committee of the Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York. In her free time, she enjoys chasing birds around the world and adding names to her long list of “Places I’ve been to.”