Maytree Policy School

The Maytree Policy School is designed to support policy professionals from the non-profit sector to build skills and resources to enhance their ability to influence public policy and strengthen the policy capacity of their organization. Meet the alumni and learn about their work.

Micah Anshan (MPS '19)

Micah Anshan (MPS '19)

Partnerships Manager, Canadian Programs, Right to Play International

Michelle Baldwin (MPS '19)

Michelle Baldwin (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Pillar Nonprofit Network

Catherine Belshaw (MPS '18)

Catherine Belshaw (MPS '18)

Policy and Program Writer, Native Child and Family Services

Ekua Asabea Blair (MPS '18)

Ekua Asabea Blair (MPS '18)

CEO, Massey Centre

Alyssa Brierley (MPS '19)

Alyssa Brierley (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

Graham Brown (MPS '18)

Graham Brown (MPS '18)

Policy Analyst, John Howard Society

Janet Butler-McPhee (MPS '18)

Janet Butler-McPhee (MPS '18)

Director of Communications and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Kat Clarke (MPS '18)

Kat Clarke (MPS '18)

Lead, Advocacy (GTA) and Specialist, Government Relations (Ontario), CNIB

James Cohen (MPS '19)

James Cohen (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Transparency International Canada

Brian Davis (MPS '19)

Brian Davis (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes

Geordie Dent (MPS '18)

Geordie Dent (MPS '18)

Executive Director, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA)

Carissa Di Gangi (MPS '18)

Carissa Di Gangi (MPS '18)

Senior Manager, ABC Life Literacy

Francesca Dobbyn (MPS '19)

Francesca Dobbyn (MPS '19)

Executive Director, United Way of Bruce Grey

Lieran Docherty (MPS '19)

Lieran Docherty (MPS '19)

Program Manager, Women Abuse Council of Toronto

Judy Duncan (MPS '18)

Judy Duncan (MPS '18)

Executive Director, ACORN

Christine Durant (MPS '18)

Christine Durant (MPS '18)

Director, Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward

Kay Dyson Tam (MPS '19)

Kay Dyson Tam (MPS '19)

Impact & Innovation Manager, Eva’s

Max FineDay (MPS '19)

Max FineDay (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Canadian Roots Exchange

Katie German (MPS '18)

Katie German (MPS '18)

Director of Programs, FoodShare Toronto

Agapi Gessesse (MPS '19)

Agapi Gessesse (MPS '19)

Executive Director, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

Teshini Harrison (MPS '19)

Teshini Harrison (MPS '19)

Policy Analyst, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Annie Kidder (MPS '19)

Annie Kidder (MPS '19)

Executive Director, People for Education

Myna Kota (MPS '19)

Myna Kota (MPS '19)

Senior Manager, Advocacy & Girl Engagement, Girl Guides of Canada

Maggie MacDonald (MPS '18)

Maggie MacDonald (MPS '18)

Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations YMCA

Karen Madho (MPS '19)

Karen Madho (MPS '19)

Senior Coordinator of Public Relations, DeafBlind Ontario Services

Sasha McNicoll (MPS '19)

Sasha McNicoll (MPS '19)

Policy Manager, Community Food Centres Canada

Tesfai Mengesha (MPS '18)

Tesfai Mengesha (MPS '18)

Executive Director, Operations Success Beyond Limits

Sara Middleton (MPS '18)

Sara Middleton (MPS '18)

Director, Community Impact, United Way Middlesex

Jessica Mustachi (MPS '18)

Jessica Mustachi (MPS '18)

Ontario Campaign 2000 Coordinator, Child and Family Poverty Campaign 2000

Shivanee Nadarajah (MPS '19)

Shivanee Nadarajah (MPS '19)

Director of Operations, Inner City Health Associates

Shelagh Pizey-Allen (MPS '19)

Shelagh Pizey-Allen (MPS '19)

Executive Director, TTCriders

Colette Prevost (MPS '18)

Colette Prevost (MPS '18)

Director, Advocacy & Communications, YWCA Toronto

Melanie Redman (MPS '18)

Melanie Redman (MPS '18)

President & CEO, A Way Home Canada

Rekha Sadasivan (MPS '18)

Rekha Sadasivan (MPS '18)

Director, Strategic Initiatives, Dignitas International

Ya’el Santopinto (MPS '18)

Ya’el Santopinto (MPS '18)

Director, Research and Partnerships, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal

Leila Sarangi (MPS '19)

Leila Sarangi (MPS '19)

Executive Director, Springtide Resources

Dusha Sritharan (MPS '18)

Dusha Sritharan (MPS '18)

Campaigner, Climate Change, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Jamie Stuckless (MPS '18)

Jamie Stuckless (MPS '18)

Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Anjum Sultana (MPS '19)

Anjum Sultana (MPS '19)

Manager of Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA

Jake Tobin Garrett (MPS '19)

Jake Tobin Garrett (MPS '19)

Manager of Policy and Planning, Park People

Elisa Traficante (MPS '19)

Elisa Traficante (MPS '19)

Director of Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof

Nithya Vijayakumar (MPS '18)

Nithya Vijayakumar (MPS '18)

Senior Advisor, Transportation Policy and Planning, Pembina Institute

Sarah Watson (MPS '19)

Sarah Watson (MPS '19)

Director of Community Engagement, North York Harvest Food Bank

Participant testimonial

“Through the learning opportunities and practical experience provided through the Maytree Policy School, Raising the Roof has transformed from a passive to strategic player in the housing and homelessness public policy space.”

Elisa Traficante, Director of Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof (MPS ’19)

Participant testimonial

“Maytree Policy School completely surpassed my expectations. It's a course anyone should take who strives to be a strategic influencer at any level of government and regardless of who's in power.”

Brian Davis, Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes (MPS ’19)

Participant testimonial

"Maytree Policy School brought together a highly skilled and generous group of instructors. My organization has gained new tools and resources, and connections to fabulous peers and organizations."

Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Executive Director, TTCRiders (MPS ’19)

Participant testimonial

“Maytree Policy School provided us with practical insights into the policy process and the tools we need to engage as policy leaders. We also walked away from the course with a clear plan for implementing what we had learned and new connections across the sector.”

Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition (MPS ’18)

Participant testimonial

“Attending Maytree Policy School has helped me raise my game as a policy professional, helped refine my approach to my advocacy work, and created an impact across my organization as I share my learnings with colleagues across the country.”

Kat Clarke, Manager, Advocacy and Government Affairs, CNIB (MPS ’18)

Participant testimonial

“Maytree Policy School was invaluable. It helped me systematize and move forward our policy work. The faculty were knowledgeable and engaging, and the other participants have now become a close network I can call on.”

Sasha McNicoll, Policy Manager, Community Food Centres Canada (MPS ’19)

Participant testimonial

“Having the focused time along with the incredible depth of knowledge from the presenters and other participants made this program worth every minute. The shifts in our approach and development of a policy strategy will have long-term impact for our organization and our mission at Pillar.”

Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director, Pillar Nonprofit Network (MPS ’19)

Participant testimonial

“Maytree Policy School brought together an expert faculty team who generously shared their wealth of knowledge and experiences. I really appreciated how each session was meticulously planned and specifically tailored for us in the non-profit sector.”

Tesfai Mengesha, Executive Director, Success Beyond Limits (MPS ’18)

Participant testimonial

“Maytree Policy School helped us identify where we need to focus our energies to make the most of our limited resources in order to make a real impact in our policy work. It gave me access to what felt like “insider knowledge” and to so many incredible leaders with decades of experience in the policy world. I never would have been able to make those connections on my own.”
Katie German, Director of Programs, Foodshare (MPS ’18)