Leah Angel DanielFostering Greatness Buffalo, NY Award Year: 2023
Leah Angel Daniel is a changemaker, author, speaker, and advocate. She is the founder and CEO of Fostering Greatness, a Buffalo-based nonprofit that works to support transitioning foster care youth, young adults, and alumni of color in western New York. Daniel is an alumna of the foster system and is passionate about ensuring that youth with foster system experience have the skills and support they need to succeed. Daniel has partnered with organizations in the Buffalo area, including the Redlich Horwitz Foundation and the Partnership for the Public Good to address the housing, employment and mental health struggles of young people aging out of foster care. She is also partnering with Fair Futures to bring education, college, and vocational supports to young people in the foster system in Buffalo and with the Independent Contractors Guild of WNY, to ensure the inclusion of students who are forgotten, underserved, underemployed, unemployed, and overlooked into the advanced manufacturing workforce. Daniel just wrote her first book, a memoir, I Shall Not Be Moved, My Extraordinary Journey From Trauma To Triumph. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Executive Leadership.