Mawusi K. Watson, Chief of Staff
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Ms. Mawusi Khadija Watson, affectionately called MK, is the Chief of Staff to the City Administrator. In this role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Administrative Office. Additionally, she has facilitated the completion of important projects such as the City of Inglewood’s enrollment into the Proposition 1A Securitization Program (which prevented the State from taking $1.6 million dollars from the City of Inglewood’s general fund), strongly involved in the coordination of the City’s efforts to send an All-America City Delegation, which ultimately resulted in the City retaining its designation, and the development of the CitiStat Inglewood System that ensures accountability, reliability and productivity of City’s workforce. Ms. Watson has been with the City of Inglewood since July 2008.
Ms. Watson has always seen herself as a public servant, a perspective which shaped her choice of employment. For over a decade, Ms. Watson has worked for several national, state, and local not-for- profit organizations. Specifically, Ms. Watson has developed and facilitated programming for the Girl Scouts of America, the Buffalo Urban League, 7th District Erie County Legislator Demone A. Smith, Citizen Action of New York, the Center for Urban Studies, and the City of Buffalo.
Prior to working for the City of Inglewood, Ms. Watson served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning where she assisted with the management of the department. Additionally, Ms. Watson spearheaded innovative initiatives such as the development a Request for Proposal for Consultant Services for the Creation of an Urban Arts Center, coordination the City of Buffalo’s Minority and Women Owned Business Procurement Initiative, and assisted the Executive Director with the deployment of the Citywide Camera System and Wi-Fi Program throughout the City of Buffalo.
Ms. Watson holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning ( with a concentration in Community Development and Urban Management) and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Science International Studies—Latin America. Upon enrollment into the Urban Planning program, Ms. Watson was selected to become a Fellow and served as a member of the prestigious and nationally coveted Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellowship Program. Additionally, as part of her master’s project team, she co-authored a report that won an honorable mention at the 2008 America Planning Association Upstate New York Chapter Awards.
Ms. Watson has always been an active community member. Ms. Watson has served as a board member of the Buffalo Science Museum, Women Below 30 Board for Erie County, Leadership Buffalo (Class Chair), and the Center for Urban Studies. She also had a letter to the editor published in Time Magazine which called for the Clinton Foundation to expand its Childhood Obesity campaign to highlight the importance of the health-essential programs that are being eliminated from U.S. school budgets.