I am a lawyer and social entrepreneur and public policy advocate dedicated to promoting a sustainable and inclusive future for Canadians. I have been around politics and advocacy most of my life and understood from an early age that people needed to actively work towards the positive change that they want to see in their communities.
I was born in Toronto Centre (pre-2015 boundaries) and my bonds of family and friendship run deep in the riding. My mother taught for years at a variety of primary schools in Toronto Centre and my grandmother worked as a nurse’s aide in Toronto Centre hospitals. Over the years, I have studied at George Brown College and Ryerson University and worked as a professional in the riding.
I am the Founder and former Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership (CCPL), a non-profit that trained women, LGBTQ+, Indigenous and racialised peoples to run for elected office. I am very proud that former CCPL trainees, including Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, are now serving their communities in elected roles. More recently, I co-founded and co-directed the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB), an innovation hub that supports international NGOs working on global challenges.
I have more than 15 years of experience in international affairs and external relations, including as the Brussels/EU Director for Crisis Action, a leading conflict prevention NGO; Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court; and as a Political Officer in Canada’s Mission to the European Union.
I serve on the Board and advise a number of non-profit organisations, including Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP), Higher Education Alliance for Refugees (HEAR), and Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC). I have been a member of the Steering Committee for Equal Voice Canada, a Strategic Advisor to the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and have published articles and policy papers on representation in Canadian politics.
I am an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow for social entrepreneurship alumni and a recipient of the Canadian Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Award. I am a lawyer (Ontario) and hold a Master of Public Affairs (Princeton University) and a Bachelor of Laws (Ottawa). I speak English, French, Catalan and Spanish.
In the Green Party, we say we put “people before party”. My job will always be to represent you and to put Toronto Centre’s needs above all else. The 2019 federal election is a golden opportunity for Toronto Centre to elect a Member of Parliament that will fight for our community every day.