Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

(originally interviewed 9/19)

Have new priorities arisen for Partnership for Public Good, which you direct?

Like many others, PPG stepped into rapid response work when the COVID-19 crisis began. We connected people and neighborhoods to each other across our 315 partner organizations, based on their needs for food, water, heat, housing repairs, and other services. 

Is there any one area where you feel you have made significant progress?

We’re moving away from punishing people for being poor. During the pandemic, we’ve agreed people should have water and heat even when they can’t afford their bills. We need policy changes to make sure our neighbors have their basic needs met, and to build a more equitable region in the years ahead—what we’re calling a “just recovery” from COVID-19.  

How have you personally been finding stress relief during all this?

Taking walks with my dog Hopper; it’s a good chance to wave to neighbors! My musician husband Owen is performing online now instead of in concert halls, and when I need a break from my workday, I head upstairs and listen in to some beautiful music

Elizabeth Licata is Editor-in-Chief of Buffalo Spree Magazine.

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