Buffalo Bureau

The official University of Virginia CIO associated with Tom Tom Founders Festival.


What is the Buffalo Bureau?

It’s part think tank, part hype team. Composed of student leaders and community members from across disciplines at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, the Buffalo Bureau advocates for the Festival, organizes and participates in enriching extracurricular activities, promotes the mission of Tom Tom and Tom Tom events, and serves in an advisory role to Festival staff.


More of a commitment than volunteering, but less of a commitment than our Fellowship program, Buffalo Bureau members are expected to:

  • Attend a monthly meeting where members help TTFF fellows and staff build strategies for further engagement
  • Help plan enrichment events based on your interests
  • Promote the Founders Festival in April
  • Leverage your network to extend Tom Tom’s reach and recruit volunteers
  • Complete one volunteer shift during the Founders Festival


By working to make Tom Tom even better, you will be have access to these benefits:

  • Discounted Founders Summit tickets
  • Premier sign ups to workshops during the Founders Festival
  • Opportunity to participate in Tom Tom programming meetings
  • Insider knowledge about some of Charlottesville’s most exciting organizations and events
  • Connections to other diverse, impactful student leaders