With experience and education in IT, communication, and urban planning, Brendan helps both solve problems and effectively communicate solutions. Joining UBRI in 2017, Brendan plays a key role in research, writing and community outreach for Imagine LaSalle. Brendan organized community engagement efforts including a public survey that elicited almost 1,200 responses in two months, a youth PhotoVoice activity with children at a nearby community center, focus group and technical stakeholder meetings, and public design workshops. He also performs data and survey analysis, mapping, and writing for the community vision report and other Imagine LaSalle efforts. Brendan also leads the facilitation of focused discussions with the 2020 Rail~Volution WNY Delegation about transit and livable communities in WNY, culminating in a summary report to be produced in early 2021.
Brendan assists with communication, research and mapping for a number of additional projects at UBRI. He contributes data analysis and writing support for the John R. Oishei Foundation’s Mobile Safety Net online provider tool Numbers in Need and One Region Forward’s first report card. Brendan also assisted in the creation of a community-wide survey examining public perceptions of electric micromobility devices (i.e. e-bikes and e-scooters) that will be used to inform research on potential greenhouse gas emission reduction through transportation mode shifts. He created a data-focused overview of the University Heights neighborhood as part of a larger initiative by the UB School of Architecture and Planning to examine the school’s relationship with its urban neighborhood. Brendan also spent time conducting field surveys about public art for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Impact Study.
Brendan started his career in digital marketing in the WNY area, but after moving to the City of Buffalo, began to realign his career with his desire to make WNY a more equitable place and contribute to the betterment of the region. Brendan holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in urban planning, both from the University at Buffalo. He received awards in Academic Excellence, Excellence in Service to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and was part of the team that won the WNY APA Outstanding Student Project Award in 2018. In his free time, Brendan enjoys photography, bicycling, playing with his dog, and cooking new things with his wife, Julia.