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.