University at Buffalo, American Studies/Transnational Studies
Main Street Revisited: How Local Proprietor Relationships Drive Sustainable Community Economic Development
University at Buffalo Law School
J.D. 2008 Community Economic Development Law Clinic; Cum Laude
M.A., 2003 African-American Studies
M.A., 2001 American Studies
Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, Dissertation Fellowship, 2011
New York State Senate Green Business Award (Buffalo First, Inc.), 2010
John R. Oishei Foundation, Grant (Buffalo First, Inc. $75,000), 2010
John R. Oishei Foundation, Grant (Buffalo First, Inc. $85,000), 2009
John R. Oishei Foundation, Younger Leaders Program founding class, 2007-2012
Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Grant (Buffalo First, Inc. $20,000), 2008
Gilbert D. Moore Academic Fellowship, SUNY Buffalo Law School, 2004-2008
Dean’s Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo Law School, 2003-2008
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Young Leaders, 2006
Ira S. Meiselman Academic Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo Law School, 2004-05
Kaplan & Reynolds Public Interest Fellowship, SUNY Buffalo Law School, Summer 2004
Paul Robeson Academic Fellowship, Columbia University 2001-2003
David Roth Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, 1995
Ringling College of Art and Design
Business of Art and Design Program
Department Head, 2015-2016
Visiting Faculty: Entrepreneurship, Business Law and Ethics, 2015-2016
Launched an aggressive rebranding and student recruitment plan which tripled department enrollment; led program through SACSCOC and NASAD accreditations; established a departmental strategic plan and new graduation protocols; established a new department lab, lobby and student programs. Launched a boutique course on business law and ethics for art and design leaders. Served as college’s community development liaison.
University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement
Adjunct Instructor: Community Leadership and Organizational Management I and II, 2012-2015
Taught management topics including: development, tax law, policy, strategic planning, capacity building, public relations, human resources management, governance and social enterprise. Advised school chancellor on anchor institutions. Participated in USFSP strategic planning process and prompted a departmental strategic plan.
University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
College of Business
Adjunct Instructor, Business Law II, 2012-2014
Taught advanced businesses law topics including: administrative law, constitutional law, contracts, torts, intellectual property, social enterprise, ethics, negotiable instruments, UCC and employment law.
University at Buffalo, Stephen Halpern
Constitutional Law, Guest Instructor, 2003-2009
Manning Marable, Columbia University
Paul Robeson Fellow, Chief Research Assistant 2000-2002
Provided research, writing, fact-checking and/or copy-editing for several academic books and articles. Supervised graduate research; organized academic conferences.
ENTERPRISE & COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE:
Buffalo First Inc., Buffalo, NY
Founder and CEO, 2006-2010
Legally established, funded, managed programs and policy research for Buffalo First Inc., an award-winning social enterprise which works to create a more robust, sustainable and socially responsible economy. Its work has appeared in Business Week, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. Directed business development; local procurement advising; farm-to-fork supply chain asset mapping and sustainable business consulting. Collaborated with local agriculture, sustainability, green transportation, government and business leaders. Buffalo First passed pioneering Benefit Corporation legislation in NYS and hosted BALLE’s 2013 North American business conference and is a founding partner of the NY Chapter of the American Sustainable Business Council.
The Partnership for the Public Good, Buffalo, NY
Founding Board Member, 2008-2010
PPG is a think tank housed at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, which builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant community through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement. Its work was mentioned in a 2012 issue of The Economist. Drafted historic community benefits agreement for one of the city’s largest retail development projects; contributed to white papers.
Community Economic Development Law Clinic
Student Attorney, 2007
Provided transactional representation to small businesses and organizational start-ups which includes: determining the appropriate business entity for their mission and needs; executing and filing corporate documents and applications for state and federal tax exemptions; applying for grants; negotiating contracts and memoranda of understanding; and advocating before agencies and legislatures. Wrote white papers.
Sub Board One, Inc., University at Buffalo
Vice President 1995-96, Treasurer 1996-97
Maintained a $6 million budget and oversaw personnel and hiring of 50 full-time staff for SBI’s legal, housing, insurance, medical, clinical lab, pharmacy and entertainment divisions. Peer-reviewed and awarded academic grants, negotiated contracts, authorized financial transactions for services serving over 14,000 student clients. Also served on Faculty Student Association board overseeing campus-wide food services and human resource policy.
National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, Washington D.C.
Research Intern, September 1998
NCESA is a think tank focusing on social enterprise, worker ownership and cooperative business. It was the precursor to the Democracy Collaborative and the Cleveland Cooperative Model headed by Gar Alperowitz and Ted Howard. I interviewed CEOs of the country’s most influential social enterprises, such as Ben & Jerry’s and the Greyston Bakery. This work contributed to an emerging body of literature on localist economic development.
Cantor Lukasik Dolce & Panepinto P.C. Buffalo, NY
Law Clerk, 2005
Conducted legal research on the Federal Employers Liability Act and tort liability issues; drafted motions, replies, pleadings, discovery demands and discovery responses. Worked on political campaigns.
Coalition for Economic Justice, Living Wage Commission, Buffalo, NY
Kaplan Reynolds Fellow, 2004
Negotiated corporate contract compliance with Buffalo’s living wage law. Reported to board of directors.
Human Rights Law Review, University at Buffalo School of Law
Note and Comment Editor, 2004
Edited and approved submissions.
Amy Kedron, Main Street Matters: Independent Retail and Community Economic Development [book forthcoming].
Amy Kedron, “Stock Symbols, Street Signs and Other Color Lines: Capital and Subjectivity in the New Dual Economy” Southwestern Law Review, October 2014.
Amy Kedron, “Main Street Revisited: How Local Proprietor Relationships Drive Sustainable Community Economic Development,” PhD Dissertation, SUNY Buffalo, ProQuest, 2013.
Amy Kedron, “Buffalo Makes Way for Rust-Belt Localism,” Next American City, 31 August 2011.
Amy Kedron, “Slipped LISC: Is Any Development Good for Urban America?” Small-Mart: Ideas and Tools for Building Healthy Local Economies, 27 June 2008, http://small-mart.org/lisc.
Contributed writing, copy-editing, fact-checking and/or research to the following:
Manning Marable, Freedom on My Mind. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003).
Manning Marable and Leith Mullings, Freedom. (New York: Phaidon Press, October 2002).
Manning Marable, The Great Wells of Democracy. (New York: Basic Civitas Books, November 2002).
Manning Marable, “Along the Color Line” [national newspaper series] 2002.
Ted Howard (National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives), “Ownership Matters” Yes: A Journal of Positive Futures, Spring 1999.
Partnership for the Public Good, “Greening Buffalo: What Local Governments Can Do” [white paper] April 15, 2008.
Buffalo State College, Green Economy Summit, “WNY Green Economy Conversation Starter” [white paper] April 12, 2008.
“Understanding Sustainable Economy,” Beyond Sustainability Conference, Hillsborough County Community College, Tampa, Florida; February 28, 2014.
“Wages, Employment and Economic Development,” ClassCrits Forum: Stuck in Forward? Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California; November 16, 2014.
“From Rust to Gold: The Elevating Alchemy of the Network Economy,” at BALLE Business Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan; May 19, 2012.
“Main Street Matters: How and Why We Should Strengthen Independent Retail,” Testimony, New York State Senate and Assembly Committee on Cities, Joint Public Hearing: Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Health; New York City; September 18, 2009.
“Race and Community Development,” The Brookings Institution Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) Inaugural Conference; Buffalo, New York; January 31, 2008.
“Triple Bottom Line Businesses,” Pathways to a Sustainable World Conference, University of Rochester; Rochester, New York; April 13, 2007.
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE:
Tyler Killette, “Kedron’s Nonprofit Leadership Course Engages Students off Campus,” The Crow’s Nest, 21 January 2014.
Lauren Newkirk Maynard, “Agent of Change: A UB Alum’s Journey to Save Main Street America Starts with Her Own Hometown,” (University at Buffalo feature story and video) http://www.buffalo.edu, January 2013.
Nick Leiber, “A Davos for Main Street (in Buffalo)” Bloomberg Businessweek, 6 June 2013.
Lauren Newkirk Maynard, “Investing in the Real Buffalo: The Country’s Largest “Local First” Organization Puts the Spotlight on the Nickel City,” Artvoice, 6 June 2013.
Grace Lee Boggs, “Transformative/Visionary Organizing” The Boggs Blog, 2 June 2012.
Andrea Newell, “BALLE: Local Heart and Soul,” Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit, 30 May 2012.
Geoff Kelly, “Amy Kedron: Local Business Booster,” Artvoice, 25 November 2009.
Nick Carey, “Route to Recovery: Buffalo Groups Seek Ways to Help Local Businesses,” Reuters, 24 November 2009.
Sharon Turano, “Hopes High Following “Flavor” Conference,” The Post Journal, 13 March, 2009.
David Grogan, “Promoting Buffalo First,” Bookselling This Week, 11 March 2009.
John Tozzi, “Buy-Local Campaigns Help Beat Recession,” Bloomberg Businessweek, 27 February 2009.
Janice Okun, “Shortening the Distance from Farm to Table,” The Buffalo News, 28 March 2008.
Cynnie Gaasch, “Putting Buffalo First,” Buffalo Spree, April 2008.
Lauren Newkirk Maynard, “Thinking Local First” Artvoice 28 June 2007.