Our people

Contact us by email at info[at]maytree.com.

Elizabeth McIsaac

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.

Surma Das

Surma Das

Policy Advisor

Surma (she/her) works with the the policy and research team at Maytree. She has spent nearly a decade in advocacy roles with community organizations interested in systems and policy change, leading research, policy analysis and knowledge mobilization efforts. Prior to joining Maytree, Surma worked with EndPovertyEdmonton, a municipal anti-poverty initiative, and the Centre for Community-University Partnership at the University of Alberta. In the past, Surma held various research roles in the academic sector in Ontario and Alberta and the public opinion research sector internationally. She has a PhD in Political Science and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph where she undertook research in poverty, human rights, comparative social policy, and feminist and intersectional methodologies.

Nevena Dragicevic

Nevena Dragicevic

Lead, Cities

Nevena leads Maytree’s work on cities, focusing on approaches that build more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities for all. Her previous experience includes work with the social innovation foundation Nesta UK and the Ontario think-tank, Mowat Centre. She holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Glendon College, York University.

Tina Edan

Tina Edan

Lead, Maytree Policy School

Tina leads the Maytree Policy School. 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

Sarah Gledhill

Communications and 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

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

Bonnie Mah

Lead, Strategic Narrative

Bonnie leads Maytree’s work to change the narrative of human rights and poverty in Canada. Her previous research, policy, communications, and service work at Maytree, OCASI, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Ryerson University focused on immigrants and international students. Bonnie holds an MA in immigration and settlement studies from Ryerson University.

Aretha Ndikumwami

Aretha Ndikumwami

Acting Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator

Aretha is the first point of contact for public inquiries and provides communications support for the Maytree communications 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 a graduate certificate in digital media marketing at George Brown College. Aretha is a Maytree Scholarship program alumna.

Markus Stadelmann-Elder

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 mselder[at]maytree.com.

Mohy Tabbara

Mohy Tabbara

Policy Advisor

Mohy contributes to Maytree’s policy and research strategy, with a focus on data analysis. Before joining Maytree, he was a Researcher at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Mohy’s research work has focused on the Canadian social safety net, labour policy, criminal justice reform, and institution building. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in political science (honours) from McGill University.

Garima Talwar Kapoor

Garima Talwar Kapoor

Director, Policy and Research

Garima leads Maytree’s policy and research strategy. Prior to joining Maytree, Garima spent several years with the Ontario Public Service in various roles. She focused on understanding how changes in the labour market and economy impact population health and our social fabric, and helped develop policy initiatives that could help strengthen the income security system. Garima is driven by a passion to understand how civil society organizations, governments and private industry can work together to strengthen communities. Garima holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.

Effie Vlachoyannacos

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. Effie has worked with many community-based groups including Tenants for Social Housing, Toronto Community Benefits Network, the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and the Scarborough Civic Action Network. She holds a BA and a BSW from York University.

Katarina Vukobratovic

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.