Community Involvement

Director (President)

Community Land Trust Foundation of BC | January 2015 – present

  • The Community Land Trust Foundation of BC’s mission is to acquire, create and preserve affordable housing for future generations. It has a particular focus on development and redevelopment projects.
  • Serving as President for the 2015 calendar year.

Director (President)

COHO Management Services Society | November 2012 – present

  • Member of the Board of Directors for the management arm of CHF BC. COHO is the largest and most successful housing co-op management company in the country, serving 90 co-ops and almost 6000 co-op homes in BC. It provides a range of services to suit both small and large clients.
  • Serving President for the 2015 calendar year. Past Vice-PPresident for 2015.

Director

Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia (CHF BC) | November 2012 – present

  • Elected member of the Board of Directors providing leadership and guidance to over 250 non-profit housing co-operatives and related organizations throughout British Columbia.
  • Served as Vice-President for the 2014 calendar year.

Associate Editor

Spacing VancouverJuly 2011 – Present

  • Write and review feature articles, book reviews and event announcements and manage the Twitter account for Spacing Vancouver, a web-based publication providing a west-coast perspective on the issues affecting our  shared urban landscape.

Director

First Avenue Athlete’s Village Housing Co-operative | April 2012 – January 2015

  • Elected member of the inaugural Board of Directors. Responsible for the leadership and management of an
  • 84 unit apartment complex in South East False Creek.
  • Served as Vice-President for 2013/14

Lead Blogger

Social Media Club Vancouver (SCMYVR) | May 2011 – September 2013

SMCYVR is the local chapter of the worldwide Social Media Club organization. Their mission is to bring valuable presenters, new participants, and a business focus to build a business-focused social media organization that generates learning, friendships and opportunities for all of its members.

  • I create web content for the Social Media Club Vancouver website.
  • I also sit on the organization’s local executive board and aid in the organization of learning and social events.

City Coordinator

Jane’s Walk | March 2009 – September 2014

Coordinator of Jane’s Walk Phoenix (2009-2011) and Vancouver (2012-present). Jane’s Walk is an international series of neighborhood tours honoring the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs that combines the act of walking with personal observations, urban history and local lore as a means of community building through bottom-up approaches and neighborhood involvement.


Social Media Specialist

Projecting Change Film Festival, Vancouver, BC | May 2011

Projecting Change is an innovative organization that focuses on promoting green and sustainable living through the use of entertaining & educational film. Through the strategic use of engaging films and inspiring speakers we aim to increase awareness and promote change within our local community. Through these efforts all profits are invested back into local initiatives.

  • I was part of the PR team who promoted the Projecting Change Film Festival by engaging people through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and the Projecting Change blog.
  • We also partnered with Social Media Club Vancouver to host a workshop on Projecting Change through Social Media on May 17th.

Speaker

TEDxScottsdale | April 2011

The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and people the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

  • The theme of the evening was urban sustainability: What are we doing in this desert? How can the merely four million of us now here live here going forward? Why would we want to? What can we do about living here?
  • My presentation was entitled: “Cites ARE People.”  A video is posted on YouTube. The slides are available on Slideshare.


City Coordinator

PARK(ing) Day Phoenix | 2009-2010

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.


Co-Founder

Places, Spaces and Faces Community Dinner | February 2010- April 2011

There’s something special about sitting down over a meal and how it brings people together and forms a special bond between them. That is why I helped found a monthly community potluck dinner in central Phoenix.

  • Each month PSF visits a unique space in the city and share our favorite dishes and stories about each other and the place that we are in.
  • The event grew from a small gathers of 20 people into an event with up to 100 people participating each month.

President

Grandview Neighbourhood Association | January-December 2010

The Grandview Neighborhood is a diverse central Phoenix neighborhood of about 1,200 people in 850 residences. The association is a voluntary body of concerned neighbors who help promote safety, security and quality-of-life issues for all members of our community.

  • Duties include chairing monthly board and community meetings, overseeing fundraising and the association budget, meeting with the adjacent neighborhoods and businesses and acting as a contact point to the city for neighbourhood concerns.

Advisor

Canalscape | December 2008-July 2010

The Canalscape initiative explores the possibility of an authentic and sustainable desert urbanism for the region, composed of urban cores and corridors distributed along the canal banks.

  • I attended regular board meetings to offer direction to the project team.
  • also participated in a joint ASU/University of Colorado-Denver workshop developing research and proposals to ‘re-imagine’ Phoenix’s canals between January and May 2009.

Researcher

Moving AZ One Reality Check | July 2008-January 2010

The Moving AZ One Reality Check is a regional visioning exercise that is a key step in envisioning the future of Central Arizona. I was part of team that analyzed the results of the Urban Land Institute’s May 2008 Reality Check AZ.

  • I prepared communications material looking at the accuracy of Phoenix’s medium to long-term growth projection in light of the 2008/09 economic downturn.
  • I also planned the Reality Check Revisited event in May 2009 that took a more in-depth look at regional growth issues.

Click here to download my resume (pdf).

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