Bridget Niland is the Director of Youth Sports Initiatives at the Community Foundation. In her role, she leads Project Play WNY, an initiative launched by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to ensure all children in Western New York have the opportunity to be active through sports and build physical literacy. Bridget also oversees the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports, one of four endowment funds at the Community Foundation created by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Bridget served as the Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President at Daemen College where she oversaw the athletic program’s transition from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II membership. Previously, Bridget worked as an Associate Director at the NCAA in Indianapolis, Indiana, an attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and a law clerk serving the late Honorable John T. Curtin of the Western District of New York.
Bridget received her B.A. in History, Political Science and Legal Studies, Ed.M. in Educational Leadership and Policy and J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she ran Division I cross-country and track and field. She serves on the board of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and is a past board member of the Buffalo Sport Commission, the Miracle League of WNY, WNY Girls in Sports and Visit Buffalo Niagara Commission. Bridget also volunteers as a youth mentor and baseball, softball and swim coach.