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Shantelle Patton, 

Buffalo, NY  

Born December 1, 1978 in Buffalo, NY, Shantelle is the  co-founder of an artist development company known as The Dopeness  Project, a 2017 Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders graduate as well as a 2018  UB Citizens Planning School Champion for Change. She is also a proud  member sitting on the boards of the WNY Urban Arts Collective, Beau  Fleuve Music & Arts Foundation, No Wound Untreated, Inc., The Foundry, The Awesome Foundation and Buffalo’s Own, Inc. She has also, most recently assumed the positions of VP of Sponsorship for ATD Buffalo-Niagara and President of the Urban Chamber of Commerce (Buffalo).

Ms. Patton found passion and purpose in 2018 when she penned  Buffalo’s Minority Business Directory known as ‘That Brown Bag’, which  has received recognition from Channel 7 News, Townsquare Media, The  Challenger Newspaper, Buffalo Business First, Step Out Buffalo and Power  96.5 radio station. In 2018 Shantelle partnered with Say Yes to Education to create a curriculum for the ‘Saturday Academy’ series focused on  entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and financial independence. Later, in  2020 and again in 2022, Ms. Patton was also selected to be a part of the planning committee  for an initiative to spotlight Black owned businesses alongside the Office of  the Mayor of the City of Buffalo known as ‘Buy Black Buffalo”. Shantelle is  a devoted advocate for small minority owned businesses within her community.  

True to her giving nature, Shantelle is an Intake Forms Specialist with  Freedom Care NY as her 9-5 calling and spends her days assisting under served residents of the City of Buffalo in navigating the healthcare and  social services systems. 



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