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Get to Know Erica Dayton, Next Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation


Erica Dayton

Golisano Foundation has named their next Executive Director. Erica Dayton, Grants Manager since 2019, succeeds Ann Costello, who retires on June 2 after 23 years of leadership.

“I am grateful to the Trustees for giving me this opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working under Ann Costello’s leadership for four years,” she said. “Her mentorship and guidance have prepared me for this next step. I look forward to building relationships to further promote inclusion and to always understand the evolving needs of those we support.”


Dayton begins her new role on June 5.


Dayton holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, both from St. John Fisher University.


Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, she served for almost 14 years at the University of Rochester in various administrative positions, including Research Administrator and Grant Accountant.


“We have appreciated Erica’s hard work and commitment to the Golisano Foundation over the past few years,” Tom Golisano, Founder and Chairman of the Golisano Foundation said. “With her solid knowledge of the grant management system and development of strong collaborative relationships with providers and community leaders, we know she will provide vision, direction, and inspiration to ensure the Foundation’s success.”


The Paychex founder Golisano, established the Golisano Foundation in 1985, it is now one of the nation’s leading foundations dedicated exclusively to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Their mission is to, “imagine the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity, and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities, according to the organization’s website.


“I am excited to uphold the Foundation’s mission of creating acceptance and opportunities and empowering individuals with IDD while always “Imagining the Possibilities,” stated Dayton.


Visit GolisanoFoundation.org for additional information.

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