Bart Roberts is a policy associate at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI) specializing in public administration, economic development, land use planning and binational issues. Through his knowledge and experiences in these areas, Roberts adds value to UBRI projects through research, data support and policy and Geographic Information Systems analysis. Prior to joining the institute in November 2009, Bart served as the lead analyst for the management accountability program CitiStat Buffalo, where he oversaw the development and analysis of performance metrics for services delivered by the City of Buffalo. This experience afforded him a deep understanding on the management and budgetary issues facing local governance entities. Additional work experience that have informed his knowledge base include serving as part of a grantwriting consultant group retained by some of the school boards, municipalities and nonprofit agencies in the Buffalo Niagara region. Roberts holds a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Vassar College and a master's degree in urban planning from the University at Buffalo, where he received the Dean’s Certificate and Best Professional Project Award from the department. A born and bred Buffalonian, Roberts lives in the Elmwood Village with his wife Kristin. When not tackling home improvement projects, Roberts enjoys playing soccer and ice hockey, toiling over crossword puzzles and relaxing on the beaches of Southern Ontario.