Hello friend,

Thank you for visiting my website. This place is mostly a portfolio of projects that I’ve led over the last several years and highlights some of the work I do at the intersection of strategic communications, engagement and city-building.

I bring 12+ years of experience leading creative and effective communications campaigns, building strong relationships with key stakeholders across community, government, and civil society, and leading teams towards a shared vision. As Chief of Staff and Director of Community Engagement for a downtown Toronto City Councillor, I managed a full portfolio of community engagement activities on a wide variety of local planning projects. This included transit expansion, neighbourhood revitalization, parks and public realm redesign, and more. I facilitated workshops and townhalls with thousands of residents, created innovative pathways for participation, and championed best practices in digital consultation.

Growth and contribution are two of my guiding principles: I love working with others towards a shared vision of what’s possible, managing through collaboration, community, and joy.

Some highlights include:

· Declared housing a human right in Toronto’s 2020-2030 Housing Action Plan
· Led movement to successfully establish the City of Toronto’s first-ever Gender Equality Office
· Increased the City’s shelter capacity by 25% by opening up 1,000 shelter beds
· Led public consultation with 500+ residents and 100+ senior leadership staff across 12 divisions of the City of Toronto to successfully create the landmark Downtown East Action Plan
· Brought Equity Responsive Budgeting framework to City of Toronto’s $13.47 billion budget
· Co-founded civic leadership program Women Win Toronto to increase diversity in politics
· Collaborated with the Indigenous Affairs Office in creating North America’s first-ever Indigenous Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

I’m drawn to managing teams for a lot of the same reasons I’m drawn to communications and design: it is a deeply human endeavour where I can create the conditions for a group of people to flourish together. As a leader, I bring a coaching philosophy. I approach hard conversations with grace. I build common bonds. I am sensitive to the unique lived experiences of people and I aim to make sure my team feels appreciated. These are no clichés, they are the foundations of leadership: vision and values.

Speaking & Workshops

  • Digital Public Consultation & Community Engagement Series, Civic Hall Toronto, 2020
  • Gender and Governance Forum, G(irls) 20, 2019
  • Healthy Neighbourhood Forum (5-part community forum) Councillor Wong-Tam, 2019
  • Community Engagement: How to Navigate Toronto City Hall, 1UP Toronto Conference, Summer 2019
  • Housing as a Human Right: HousingTO 2020-2030 Public Consultation, Summer 2019
  • Communications & Media Relations Training, Women Win TO, 2017
  • Gender & the City: Equity Impacts of Municipal Services, Councillor Wong-Tam, 2017
  • Women in Politics Position Primer: Civic Tech Series, Take Back Your Tech, 2016

Education

  • M.A. Communications & Culture from York and Ryerson University (2014)
  • B.F.A Studio Arts from Concordia University (2011)

Life Learning

  • Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Certification (2019)
  • Reaching In, Reaching Out: Anti-Oppression & Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training (2019)
  • 300-hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification (2017)
  • ACUMEN+ Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change Training (2015)
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT), 2016

Tech Skills

Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign),  Certified NationBuilder Expert, CallHub, WordPress, MailChimp, Constant Contact, CSS, and HTML. 

Want to get in touch?

Do it! I love collaborating with people and hearing about your work and what drives you. Also, you can stumble onto my LinkedIn and get in touch there.