Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
President and CEO
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Clotilde is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, an organization connecting people, ideas, and resources to improve lives in Western New York. She was board co-chair during Candid’s first year and is serving her third term, having started with Foundation Center in 2011.

As the Community Foundation’s CEO, Clotilde has focused on growth and impact. Under her leadership the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systemics change. These efforts addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations, and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Clotilde oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch the Say Yes to Buffalo education initiative and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. 

Other highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Clotilde has served on numerous boards. She currently serves on FSG, Executive’s Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color, Global Fund for Community Foundations and Say Yes to Education. She speaks frequently on philanthropy, community impact, and nonprofit governance.

Clotilde’s recognitions include the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service, and the President’s Award for Service.

Clotilde holds a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Cuba.