Rahwa Ghirmatzion

Executive Director , People United For Sustainable Housing

Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Executive Director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), a community organization that works at the grassroots to create and implement a comprehensive revitalization plan for Buffalo’s West Side, with more than $40 million invested in affordable housing rehabilitation, weatherization and green infrastructure. Under Rahwa's leadership, PUSH is at the forefront of the movement for a Just Transition from actual design and deployment of solutions to the creation of good green jobs and the advocacy of groundbreaking state policy. Rahwa was born in Asmera, Eritrea in the middle of a civil war and came to Western NY as a refugee at the age of eight with her family, after living in Sudan. She is a life-long artist and activist.