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Elizabeth McIsaac – President

Elizabeth is leading Maytree in shaping the discussion around poverty and human rights in Canada. She is a dedicated builder and champion for the non-profit sector, with extensive experience in research, teaching and direct service provision. Elizabeth has a deep history with Maytree; she previously served as the Director of Policy and was the executive director of one of Maytree’s signature ideas: the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

Most recently, Elizabeth established and led Mowat NFP (Not-for-Profit Policy) at the Mowat Centre, where she conducted and directed research analyzing the challenges facing the non-profit sector today.

Elizabeth holds an MA in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Kate Butler – Lead, Human Rights and Learning (on leave)
Kate leads Maytree’s research on poverty and human rights. Prior to joining Maytree, Kate conducted research with vulnerable children and youth in Victoria, B.C. and taught at the University of Victoria, Brock University and Ryerson University. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Victoria. Kate has worked with many organizations supporting youth, including Victoria Youth Coalition, Youth Gang Prevention Group of Greater Victoria, and YouthCore Victoria.

Tina Edan – Manager, Strategic Communications (on leave)
Tina creates, frames, and tells stories about Maytree’s work. Her previous work has focused on ideas, networks and communications for issue-driven organizations such as the United Way Toronto & York Region and the Coalition for Gun Control. Tina holds an MA in communications from Concordia University and serves on the national board of Word on the Street. She has published her own poetry in several anthologies, including TOK: Writing the New Toronto and Generations: A Journal of Ideas and Images.

Sarah Gledhill – Design Specialist
Sarah implements Maytree’s visual identity across all print and online products. She worked for Roots of Empathy and Ideas that Matter before taking on her current role at Maytree. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a BFA from York University. Sarah’s private illustration work has been published in Spacing and Reader’s Digest Canada.

Violeta Li – Executive Assistant
Violeta provides administrative support to the president and management team. Before joining Maytree, she worked and volunteered with many community organizations, including Skills for Change and the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples. Violeta trained as an executive assistant at Escuela Superior de Educación Profesional Maria Rosario Araoz Pinto in Lima, Peru.

Bonnie Mah – Policy and Communications Officer
Bonnie spans the policy and communications teams, with research and policy analysis, writing/editing and communications planning. Her previous research and service work at Ryerson University, University of Toronto Scarborough and OCASI focused on immigrants and international students. Bonnie holds an MA in immigration and settlement studies from Ryerson University.

Valentine Muigai – Communications and Project Assistant
Valentine supports the Maytree team with research, event planning, communications and stakeholder mapping. She has previously worked in marketing and recruitment, at Career Foundations and Randstad. Valentine holds a BA in Industrial Relations & Human Resources; Crime, Law & Deviance; and Sociology from the University of Toronto.

Aretha Ndikumwami – Program Assistant/Receptionist
Aretha is the first point of contact for public inquiries and provides general support for the Maytree team. She has previously worked at TRIEC, CitiFinancial and emergency call centres. She holds a BA in anthropology and health studies from the University of Toronto and is currently studying digital media marketing at George Brown College. Aretha is a Maytree Scholarship program almuna.

Hadley Nelles – Lead, Housing Initiatives
Hadley leads Maytree’s work on affordable housing solutions, including our work with the Tower Renewal partnership. Before joining Maytree, she worked at Evergreen, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), with the federal public service and as an independent consultant. She holds an MA in international relations from McMaster University.

Markus Stadelmann-Elder – Director of Communications
Markus oversees all aspects of Maytree’s communications strategy, including media relations. He has led communications teams in a wide variety organizations, including a German community newspaper, Variety Village and Lavalife, one of Toronto’s largest online dating services. Markus holds a licentiate degree from the University of Zurich and an MA in English literature from the University of Toronto.

Please direct media inquiries to Markus at 416-944-2627 x284 or

Effie Vlachoyannacos – Lead, Engagement and Leadership
Effie leads Maytree’s work to build participation in, and the development of, civic processes that include the voices of people with lived experience of poverty. Before joining Maytree, Effie worked as a consultant with Public Interest and with community organizations such as Scadding Court Community Centre. She holds a BA and a BSW from York University. Effie is the co-chair of the Toronto Community Benefits Network and a member of Tenants for Social Housing.

Katarina Vukobratovic – Grants and Program Officer
Katarina manages relationships with Maytree’s grantees, and programming, logistics and communications for Maytree’s long-standing capacity-building program for non-profits, Five Good Ideas. She has worked as a translator/interpreter and taught English language and literature. She holds a BA in teaching English language and literature from the University of Belgrade.

Noah Zon – Director of Policy and Research
Noah oversees Maytree’s policy and research agenda, including developing policy positions and relationships with government and community partners. Before joining Maytree, Noah worked at the Mowat Centre and in the Ontario government on a range of policy files, including intergovernmental relations, technology policy and climate change. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.