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Denise M. Bienko

Senior Vice President

Denise M. Bienko is senior vice president at People Inc. Denise joined People Inc. more than 20 years ago as an administrative coordinator and rose through the ranks to become senior vice president in 2018. As senior vice president, she is responsible for overseeing corporate governance affairs, grants, long range planning, marketing, advocacy, government relations and family advisory functions. She also serves as executive director of the People Inc. Foundation. 

Active in the local community, Denise serves on the board of Leadership Buffalo (2003 graduate) and formerly served on the boards of Meals on Wheels Western New York and the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium. She is a trustee of the WNY Coalition of Pooled Trusts, advocate and appointed public official for New York State Surrogate Decision-Making Panel, founder of the International Policy Governance Symposium series and a founding board member of the International Policy Governance Association. She also serves on the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Marketing Committee, is active with of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western New York and serves as an ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation.

Denise received a master’s degree in professional leadership from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Houghton College. She is a charter graduate of the Policy Governance Academy in Atlanta and holds certificates in fundraising from Canisius College and planned giving from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy. Denise is co-author of the Policy Governance Fieldbook and was selected as a reviewer for governance-related content for Jossey Bass Publishing’s non-profit division.