Ba Zan Lin

Ba Zan Lin is a Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation. In this role, he manages a portfolio of grantmaking programs focused on the goals of advancing education, racial/ethnic equity, the environment and arts and architecture. His responsibilities include oversight of various grant processes and philanthropic service relationships which result in excess of $10 million in annual grantmaking.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Lin was a Research Associate at Via Evaluation, a Buffalo-based grant writing firm for nonprofit organizations. Previously, he worked as an Environmental Education Manager at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting regional waterways, and as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Science at Erie Community College. A native of Burma, Lin also served as a Program Director for the Burmese Community Support Center.

Lin received his B.A. in Environmental Studies, Education and Policy and M.S. in Adult Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He serves on the Board of Directors of Burmese Community Services and Partnership for the Public Good and is a Co-Chair of the Buffalo Burmese Water Festival.