Gladys Gifford

Gladys Gifford taught elementary music in the Buffalo Public Schools, 1973-1990, and served several area churches as organist/choir director. After retirement, her focus has turned to volunteer service: she became interested in environmental concerns through the Presbyterian church and served as coordinator of environmental concerns for the Presbytery of Western New York, 1996-2010.

Her interest in environmental concerns led Ms. Gifford to become active in the Citizens Rapid Transit Committee in the early 1990’s, which became the Citizens Regional Transit Corporation (CRTC) in 1999. Ms. Gifford currently serves as president of the CRTC. As president of the CRTC, Ms. Gifford is well-known throughout the area as an advocate for public transit, having worked closely with community leaders and elected officials. In addition, Ms. Gifford is active in the League of Women Voters at the local and state levels. She serves the NYS League of Women Voters as their transportation specialist.

Through serving on the WNYEA Speakers Bureau, Ms. Gifford will help arouse public support for a comprehensive public transit system as an effective tool for improving the health of our environment.

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