About Yuri

Yuri New GlassesI am an experienced community and digital engagement specialist with a passion for urban planning, public participation and social media. I posses a Master of Public Administration degree and have over 15 years of public policy research, analysis, advocacy, and communications experience.

Currently, I’m the Executive Director of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and the Community Builder at Strong Towns.  I am also the principle of Yurbanism, a community engagement and communications consultancy working with a variety of community-oriented initiatives. Contact me if you would like to work together!

 I also volunteer as an associate editor of Spacing Vancouver, and an elected director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia and the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC.


My past positions have included:

I am also a social media specialist with experience in content creation, website maintenance and online community management. Please visit my résumé page to learn more about my professional experience and community involvement.


  • Experienced community engagement specialist research analyst with a passion for community planning, public participation and online engagement.
  • Skilled in digital communications, including creating compelling content for websites, blogs and social networks and social media optimization.
  • Proficient in the research, analysis and outreach of public policy issues
  • Effective in liaising between various audiences to provide accurate and actionable information


  • Community engagement and facilitation
  • Public policy research, analysis and advocacy
  • Government relations
  • Digital communications, including blogging and social media

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