Division of Citizen Services Team
Oswaldo Mestre, Jr.Director of Citizen Services
Oswaldo Mestre was born in the heart of Spanish Harlem, NYC, and raised by his mother, Isabella. The eldest of four, he received his primary, secondary, and higher education all at public institutions. While at UB, Mestre’s concentration was Architecture and Public Policy & Administration. An advocate for the youth, Director Mestre is the founder of the Donald M. Dade Learning Through Service Initiative, in honor of his late mentor who was a World War II veteran and director of C.R.U.C.I.A.L. Human Services. Appointed by Mayor Byron W. Brown in 2006, Oswaldo was named Director of the Division of Citizen Services and tasked with developing what’s now known as the 3-1-1 Call & Resolution Center. Additionally, Director Mestre is responsible for the staff who coordinates a number of ancillary services to educate and coach residents of Buffalo such as Citizen’s Participation Academy, the Community Crime Prevention Initiative, the Anti-Graffiti & Clean City Program, and the Save our Streets Task Force. Recently, he was named Chief Service Officer for the City and currently sponsors Project M.O.V.E., incorporating 13 AmeriCorps V.I.S.T.A. members, making Buffalo City Hall one of 10 cities nation-wide utilizing such a program.
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Juweria DahirExternal Affairs Manager
Juweria is the External Affairs Manager for the City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services. In this role, she serves as a liaison between various city departments and nearly 500 block clubs, identifying and implementing neighborhood development projects, including beautification and restoration initiatives. Juweria also manages several ancillary programs such as the Citizens Participation Academy, AmeriCorps VISTA and Urban Fellows to foster innovation and central city revitalization efforts. Juweria is currently pursuing her graduate studies in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo. Originally from East Africa, Juweria moved to Buffalo in 2013, and since that time, focused on policies that mitigate economic, gender, and racial inequalities on the development of communities and metropolitan areas. While finishing her undergraduate studies, Juweria was the recipient of the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship, awarded to “entrepreneurial civic-minded students.” That fellowship helped her secure an internship in Buffalo’s City Hall Urban Fellows program, which she then turned into a full-time position as the Coordinator. Juweria is very active in the community, serving as a Director of H.E.A.L Women Empowerment of Buffalo, where she works with socially and economically disadvantaged women, teaching life skills to help with self-sufficiency. She was the winner of the 2015 Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Community Engagement Award, a 2015 recipient of the Change Makers “30 Under 30” Award and The Inaugural Outstanding American Muslim Millennial Award 16'. Juweria hopes to become a leading urban planner and philanthropist working towards urban development, with a focus on keeping communities intact without displacing neighborhoods. In addition to that, Juweria speaks three languages, plus her native Somali and has established her place as a future leader in the community.
Antwan DiggsCommunity Crime Prevention Initiative Coordinator
Mr. Antwan K. Diggs, originally from Philadelphia, Pa., is currently the Program Coordinator for the City of Buffalo’s BURA Community Crime Prevention Initiative. In this position, Antwan has successfully introduced over 1,000 of Buffalo’s youth to community service and leadership development while encouraging them to be partners in the community to bring about a positive change. Antwan, introduced to Buffalo, New York through a prison ministry called Hope House, credits his spiritual beliefs for helping him overcome the obstacles of being successful reentry candidate. With over 20 years of continuous sobriety, he uses experiences to help young people learn from his past mistakes. “I know that God has blessed me above and beyond all that I could have ever asked or thought.” Today, Mr. Diggs spends the bulk of his time helping young people make the successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. A graduate of Empire State College, Mr. Diggs has an Associate’s Degree. His partner for life, his wife, is a tremendous encourager and supporter of his endeavors to work closely with other youth agencies to promote youth development. Antwan and his wife have a son and daughter. At the Saint/Columba Brigid Teen Center, he supervises youth so that they have a safe place on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 8PM and 11PM. Antwan is currently serving as the Pastor of the Hananiah Lutheran Church in Buffalo, New York.
Ada Hopson-ClemonsBoard of Block Clubs, VP
Ms. Hopson-Clemons has worked over 30 years in the human resources field and has been involved in the community for over 20 years. She is the Program Director of the Masten Block Club Coalition, Inc. and Vice President of the Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc. Also, to her credit, she sits on numerous committees and boards, such as the Regional Anti-Graffiti Task Force, Crime Prevention Association of WNY, Groundwork Buffalo, Citizen Advisory Group to the Police Commission and more. Ms. Hopson-Clemons is a certified trainer in Neighborhood Crime Watch & Prevention and Disaster Preparedness, and is certified in CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), Mediation/Conflict Resolution and CERTS (Community Emergency Response Team) and has been trained in CATs eye (Community Anti-Terrorism). Through her community involvement, she works closely with elected officials and law enforcement. Ms. Hopson-Clemons is a mother of two, and a grandmother of five and a great-grandmother of one. She is a graduate of Bennett High School and Bryant & Stratton College with an AAS in Business Management Administration.
Jamella James, JDConfidential Clerk to Director of Citizen Services
Jamella is a proud wife, mother and Christian. Originally from Rochester, the eldest of 5, she has resided in Buffalo since 2012. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in Social Psychology, and SUNY Buffalo Law School with a concentration in Civil Litigation, she started working in the Division of Citizen Services so that she could serve the people of the community in which she lived. As the Confidential Clerk to the Director of the Division, Oswaldo Mestre, and under the leadership of Mayor Byron W. Brown, Jamella, along with her colleagues, has been able to assist with the efforts to improve the quality of life for many Buffalo residents. She is prayerful that her talents will make room for her and God will lead her to do good works for the people of Buffalo and beyond in the years to come.
Robert KreutingerCall Center Manager
Robert was born and raised in Western New York and has been a resident of the city of Buffalo for over 20 years. Robert has a proven track record of producing results and increasing accountability in his 17 years of working for the City of Buffalo. One of Robert’s many responsibilities was to assist in overseeing the conversion of the Mayor’s Complaint Line into the award winning Buffalo 311 Call & Resolution Center. The Buffalo 311 system simplifies and shortens the time between a resident reporting a problem and receiving a resolution, while improving the delivery of City services both in terms of quantity and quality. Robert has an Honors degree in Business Administration.
Wilmer Olivencia, Jr.Coordinator, Anti-Graffiti and Clean City Program
Mr. Olivencia oversees the Mayor’s Impact Team, the Mayor’s Anti-Graffiti Team and the Mayor’s Board - Up Team. Mr. Olivencia works very closely with the city of Buffalo’s Housing Inspectors, Buffalo Police and Block Clubs. His teams work throughout the city of Buffalo and are known for doing an OUTSTANDING JOB!!!! In addition to his responsibilities at work, he is very active within his community. Mr. Olivencia volunteers his time as the President of the Agustin “Pucho” Olivencia Community Center. He is the Chairman of the Annual Grease Pole Festival, which is the Oldest Ethnic Festival celebrated in the city of Buffalo, and he is very active in maintaining the Hispanic Culture within Western NY, which is alive and well.
Antonio RegulierAmeriCorp VISTA Leader
Antonio Regulier is the AmeriCorps V.I.S.T.A. Leader for Project M.O.V.E. Buffalo. He is a transplant to Buffalo, arriving in 2015 as an Urban Fellow Intern. During his internship, his final project includes research on fiscal recommendations for cooperative economic strategies. He then served in the inaugural year (2016) of Project M.O.V.E. Buffalo as a Love Your Block V.I.S.T.A. member, working extensively with Block Clubs and community members on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Antonio is now leading a cohort of 11 AmeriCorps members who are assigned to city departments in City Hall and external organizations. Antonio received his undergraduate education at SUNY Fredonia and he is one of 33 SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellows at Buffalo State College, reading for a Master of Public Administration degree.