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Antonina Simeti

Program Director, BPI, Buffalo Office

As BPI Program Director at U3, Antonina leads a regional procurement initiative designed to engage corporations and institutions in moving the Buffalo/ Niagara region towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive economy.

Antonina is an urbanist committed to creating new models for economically and environmentally sustainable development. At U3 Antonina is responsible for the management of the Buffalo Purchasing Initiative. She works in support of 12 large employers in the Buffalo / Niagara region, helping them to increase the purchase of goods and services from local businesses owned by people of color. This inclusive procurement initiative relies navigating between procurement managers at anchor institutions, business support organizations (e.g. technical assistance providers, alternative lenders) and local suppliers to ensure the creation and longevity of sustainable matches that meet demand. Antonina was hired to launch the initiative and her role is to manage its day-to-day operations including advising procurement staff at the anchor institutions, creating and implementing tools to support their work, supporting institutional policy changes, using data analyses to inform BPI efforts and creating opportunities to bring purchasers and suppliers together.

Antonina is trained as an urban planner and has experience in non-profit management, public policy research, design strategy and environmental impact analysis. She has worked across sectors including with community-based organizations, public agencies, private corporations and cultural institutions, and has experience working directly with business leaders, planners, designers and government staff. Since 2012 she has been in leadership positions working to launch or to re-activate and re-energize mission-based initiatives including: The Western NY Environmental Alliance, Groundwork Buffalo and The NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative. Change management is critical to all of her work, and she gained that experience as a strategist for DEGW / AECOM, where she conducted design research, building and campus planning and programming for corporate, academic and arts institutions. She launched her own planning consultancy, Timbre Consultants Inc., in 2015.

Antonina brings energy, curiosity and resourcefulness to her work, and thrives in contexts that require a diversity of people, activities and skills. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Tufts University and Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also passionate about food, food culture and food systems, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County.