Beth Slater

Director of Development

Beth Slater is the Director of Development at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, where she fosters connections between individual donors, foundations, and corporations and the organization’s impactful programs and initiatives.

Prior to joining Citizens & Scholars, Beth was the Director of Advancement at the University at Buffalo, where she secured major support for the College of Arts and Sciences and University Libraries. Notable gifts include fellowships in the Economics and Environmental Studies Departments and a major challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the UB James Joyce Museum. Before that, she held the role of inaugural Executive Director of NYC Internships at St. Lawrence University. During her tenure at the Aspen Institute, Beth managed major public events and established new scholarship programs. Beth earned her BA in English Writing and Government from St. Lawrence University and her MA in English Literature from the University of Vermont.

Outside of work, Beth can usually be found outdoors hiking, skiing, or exploring new cities. Beth is highly involved in her community and enjoys volunteering with diverse community groups. On weekends, she is gives back through work as a first responder on the HoliMont Ski Patrol in Ellicottville, NY. In her hometown of Buffalo, she was selected to be a member of the 2024 Young Professionals for Olmsted Parks class, whose mission is to raise philanthropic support and increase community engagement for Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks system.

“There are so many incredible young people who are actively strengthening our democracy through civic engagement. Seeing my former students and the ways that they give back to their communities and show up as citizens is incredibly inspiring to me and gives me a lot of hope.”

Beth Slater
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  • Higher education program development
  • Youth engagement and leadership programs
  • Major gift fundraising
  • Event logistics