Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Clotilde has dedicated her career to improving lives through civic service. Her public and not for profit sector leadership experience has centered on community-wide efforts to solve the most critical problems facing communities. She is a nationally recognized spokeswoman on a range of issues including strategic philanthropy, board governance, and volunteer management.
Clotilde has led numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systemic change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, capacity building for arts organizations, safety for victims of domestic violence and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Clotilde launched the Say Yes to Education initiative to drive education reform in the urban core of the region. She is the founder of the Literacy Funders Network, a national coalition of foundations dedicated to improving literacy in America.
Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International.