Executive Board, Seargent-at-arms

“We simply care about all people and neighborhoods in Buffalo. Caring is what ignites positive change.”

Wilmer Olivencia Jr.

Seargent-at-arms, Executive Committee

With more than 20 years of experience in the human services and community organizing field, Mr. Olivencia, Jr. is able to provide a wealth of knowledge on the programs and strategies that benefit the entire community. His extensive background includes work in the fields of community organizing, governmental administration, not–for- profit management, and employment/training services. 

July 1, 2020, Mr. Olivencia, Jr. was promoted to Director of Infrastructure and Quality of Life Divison in the City of Buffalo. He leads a range of initiatives within the City;  the Mayor’s Impact Team, the AntiGraffiti Effort, the Board-up Division, as well as Pothole Division and the Electronic Waste Division. In this recent appointment by Mayor Byron W. Brown, Olivencia is responsible for enhancing the quality of life and leading the fight against graffiti and blight by working collaboratively with all city departments, community groups, and businesses. Under his leadership, the City of Buffalo was able to remove 2235 pieces of graffiti. He also played a major role in coordinating snow removal for over 1000 Senior and disabled city residents.

His diverse crews are known for prompt responses, high-quality work, and outstanding rapport with the people of Buffalo. For over twenty-five years Wilmer has been active with the Agustin “Pucho” Olivencia Community Center, a safe and fun gathering place for children and families. As the President of the Pucho Augustin Olivencia Center, Wilmer Olivencia is focused on serving as a voice and advocate for individuals and families in need of support during difficult times. Because of his background and own experiences, he is able to serve as a voice for the Latino community while creating understanding and awareness among multiple audiences.

Through the Center, he helped lead the local effort to assist Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He is Chair of the Grease Pole Festival, the oldest cultural pride festival in the City, celebrating Puerto Rican heritage and traditions. 

Born and raised in the city of Buffalo, he attributes his love of the area and his commitment to action to the examples set by his father, grandfather, and uncles. A father of three, and a proud grandfather, he and his wife have worked to pass this tradition of involvement on to the next generation of Olivencias.