Partnership for the Public Good

The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) is a community-based Think Tank working to build a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant community through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement.


  • Research.PPG offers a wealth of reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, and other resources on policy issues affecting Buffalo; all are available free of charge at
  • Policy Development.PPG works with its partners and government officials to craft and advance policies that serve the public good.Each year, PPG and its partners craft a Community Agenda identifying 10 policy priorities for the coming year.
  • Citizen Engagement. PPG offers a monthly forum series and other events to engage the public on policy issues. PPG's Citizen's Tool-Kit offers information and resources for any person or group that wants to contribute to public policy formation. PPG's weekly radio show, the Public Good (Tuesdays at 1:00pm on WUFO 1080 AM or features timely conversations with partners and others building a better Buffalo.


PPG unites 127 partner organizations: a diverse array including Belmont Shelter, Buffalo Urban League, Catholic Charities, Citizen Action, Clean Air Coalition, Coalition for Economic Justice, Community Action Organization of Erie County, Cornell University ILR School, Grassroots Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Homeless Alliance of WNY, International Institute, Legal Aid Bureau, Network of Religious Communities, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Pride Center of WNY, PUSH Buffalo, Stop the Violence Coalition, True Bethel Baptist Church, Ujima Company, VOICE Buffalo,and WNY Area Labor Federation.

Partnership is free and open to any organization that endorses PPG's mission, vision, and principles.Partner organizations are entitled to vote on each year's Community Agenda and to apply for High Road Fellows from Cornell University ILR School.

Staff and Board

PPG is directed by Lou Jean Fleron and Sam Magavern, with Megan Connelly serving as Director of Programs and Development and Anthony Armstrong serving as Policy Fellow. Its board members are Karima Amin, Aaron Bartley, Allison Duwe, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Stephen Halpern, and Gary Earl Ross.