Cynnie Gaasch has been the Executive Director of Young Audiences WNY since 2009, where she provides strategic management for a growing cultural organization that serves the eight counties of Western New York. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a recipient of an MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Cynnie is an active visual artist, and has been a teaching artist, professor, fundraiser, curator, and art critic.


As an art critic she translated the visual arts for a general audience in her role as arts editor for Artvoice and then contributing critic for the Buffalo News. As a grant-writing consultant, Gaasch’s clients included American Institute of Architects Buffalo/WNY Chapter, Buffalo First, Buffalo ReUse, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Somali Bantu Organization.


In April 2013, Ms. Gaasch was elected Chair of the Young Audiences National’s Executive Directors Council, a network of 30 affiliates across the country. In 2013 she participated in the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute. She completed the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management program in 2011, and received the Future Leaders in the Arts fellowship from National Arts Strategies in 2009. Gaasch was a recipient of Buffalo Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award in 2008.