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DAVID J. SWARTS
President & CEO
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.

Region: Western

Committee(s): Advocacy

David J. Swarts currently serves as the President/CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc. He was appointed to this position by the Society’s Board of Directors in January, 2011. David was appointed New York State Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Eliot Spitzer in January of 2007 and served in that capacity through 2010. He also served as Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the organization administering federal funds for state and local highway safety projects.


David has an extensive career in public service. From 1987 until January 1, 2007 he was the Clerk of Erie County where he directed five major public service delivery sectors including serving as an Agent of the State Department of Motor Vehicles, the Chief Registrar, Clerk of County and Supreme Court, Records Management Office and Director of the Pistol Permit Office.


From 1982-1986, David was Clerk of the Erie County Legislature and from 1978-1981 he served as Special Assistant to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly. He began his career as a secondary education teacher for the Buffalo City School District where he taught Social Studies for ten years. David has also taught at institutions of higher learning including serving as a professor at Daemen College and an Instructor at Erie County Community College.


David is committed to giving back to the community and has served as a member of various professional and charitable organizations. He is a former member of: the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers, the New York State Local Government Records Advisory Council and former Chair of the Erie County Records Commission. He is a lifelong member of the NAACP and currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance.


David is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he earned his Masters Degree in Social Sciences and completed most of the requirements for a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration. He is a native Buffalonian and lives in East Aurora with his wife. They have one adult son.


The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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