Traci J. Buckner
Consulting Program Officer /

Traci Buckner joined GAR Foundation in 2016. As consulting program officer, Buckner works to advance the foundation’s strategic funding priorities through grant-making and convening.

A distinguished educational leader with over 17 years of service in the Akron Public School system, Traci is the founding instructional leader of the National Inventors Hall of Fame School…Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning. She most recently served as Director of Specialty Programs where she led the district’s efforts to expand STEM best practices throughout Akron Public schools and to develop and direct innovation efforts in the district’s non-traditional schools. She also authored the book STEM Leadership, a guide on creating a STEM culture in a school or district. Previously, Traci worked as a middle school language arts classroom teacher, and served in several schools as dean of students, assistant principal, and principal. She currently serves on the Great Lakes Biomimicry and United Way of Summit County Boards of Directors and has served as a guest panelist at several speaking engagements including the Athena Leadership Forum and the Akron Roundtable. Traci was featured in the AkronLife magazine as one of the city’s change makers.

Traci received a Master’s in education from John Carroll University and Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing from The Ohio State University. She also earned an instructional leadership administrative certificate from Ashland University. Traci resides in Akron with her husband, Tobin and their two sons.