Molly (Anderson) Oliver

Executive Director
Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness


BS, Organizational Management, Roberts Wesleyan College


Oliver has expanded the mission of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) to provide cutting-edge leadership research, education and training, both locally and globally. She is co-founder of the school’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship and launched CLOE’s Leadership Coaching Certification in 2020. Oliver has worked with the school and university to bring some of the most influential names in leadership to Buffalo, including Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink and Malala Yousafzai.

Prior to joining the school, Oliver served as president and CEO of Leadership Niagara, where she transformed the state’s longest-running community leadership organization into a national award-winning program. She has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience.

Globally, Oliver oversees a multiyear educational partnership with the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Africa. In addition, she has partnered with Russian educators and business leaders to share best practices for more than 20 years.


  • Certified Leadership Coach
  • Hogan Assessments

Professional Associations

  • Business First Leadership Trust
  • Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, Ex-Officio Board Member
  • General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous for United States and Canada, Class A (Nonalcoholic) Trustee
  • Niagara Area Foundation, Chair

Past Board Service

  • BoardSTRONG
  • Junior Achievement
  • King Urban Life Center
  • Neglia Ballet Conservatory

Professional Development

  • altMBA
  • Board Governance Program, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Citizens Academy, FBI Buffalo
  • Leadership Buffalo
  • Program for Nonprofit Managers, Harvard Business School of Buffalo

Awards and Recognition

  • African Humanitarian Integrity Award – African Rights Initiative International
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda – National Honor Society
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – Congressman Brian Higgins
  • Citation of Honor – University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Community Service Award – Niagara Falls Business & Professional Association
  • Father Joseph Levesque Award for Community Advocacy – Niagara USA Chamber
  • Innovation Award – Association of Leadership Programs
  • Joan Wolfgang Woman of Distinction Community Service Award – Niagara Gazette
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education Inductee – Niagara University
  • US House of Representatives Commendation – Congressman Chris Collins
  • Women of Distinction Award – Niagara Gazette
  • Women of Influence Award – Business First of Buffalo
  • Women in Leadership Award – NYS Women Inc. and WKBW Channel 7