Vice President, Development
Melanie Buhrmaster joined Smile Train as the Vice President, Development in August 2020. She is a highly accomplished fundraiser bringing 27 years of experience in building relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations. Melanie has raised more than $55 million for a variety of programs in support of research, arts and culture and community related programs.
Melanie began her career at the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, New York. Since then, she has held leadership roles at the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York, The Salvation Army, CCS Fundraising Consultants, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a sales professional, Melanie spent two years as a Vice President and Senior Consultant with the national fundraising and enrollment management company, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, creating strategies that advanced fundraising programs for a broad base of clients across the U.S.
Melanie was among the Business First 40 Under Forty Award Class and was presented with the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives Elite Sales and Marketing Award for Fundraising. She is also a Leadership Buffalo Class Experience Graduate. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations including CASE and AFP, a Junior Achievement Volunteer and she formerly served as a board member for the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives and the Vive, Inc. Refugee Center.
Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from Buffalo State College and a Master of Science in Education from the University at Buffalo.