June 23, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Marnie LaVigne, who has guided University at Buffalo economic development efforts since 2005, including helping UB and its partners establish Buffalo’s life sciences sector, has been named CEO of Launch NY.
Her appointment was jointly announced today by Launch NY and UB.
LaVigne, PhD, associate vice president for economic development at UB, will end her tenure at UB and assume leadership of Launch NY in July. One of the founders of Launch NY and a member of its board, LaVigne will focus her efforts in the CEO role on repositioning the young nonprofit organization to coordinate with evolving economic development efforts that target entrepreneurship as a key to the region’s economic future and job market.