I’ve always been interested in the world and people around me. Growing up in an Italian-Canadian family in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a big part of my upbringing was being aware of current events, debating policy during family gatherings and following elections. Debating issues of public concern with family and friends helped me to test and shape my beliefs and my vision for my community, small and large.
My family and friends have always been active in serving their community. Witnessing their service and the satisfaction they feel when doing good for others encouraged me to get involved and to give back as well. Experiencing this growing up inspired a sense of duty in me to become civically engaged and a passion for service above self.
My passion for public service is why I moved to Ottawa in 2003, lived in Old Ottawa East and attended the University of Ottawa to study History and Political Science. I also had the privilege of serving as a Page in the House of Commons and as a Parliamentary Tour Guide. These experiences allowed me to see first-hand what it means to hold elected office and cemented my desire to be more engaged in the political process and to give back to my community. It also allowed me to geek out and to learn about the history of our democratic institutions.
In 2006, I completed a semester at Konstanz University in Germany where I focused my studies on public policy and electoral systems.
In 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science, Joint Honours Degree in History and Political Science.
From 2011 to 2013, I lived in Vancouver where I completed a Master's in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University. The program provided me with techniques to undertake and manage public policy analysis and planning. It taught me how to scrutinize a problem, interpret and analyze relevant data, then evaluate alternative paths of action. My thesis examined the ways in which the federal government could better reform the national student loan program.
My Work Experience
Following my studies in Public Policy, I worked as a policy analyst for Universities Canada, where we advocated for better funding for universities and colleges.
I also worked as a consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, a national public affairs consultancy firm, where I advised on government relations, strategic communications, public policy analysis and opinion and market research.
Since moving to Ottawa, I’ve spent a total of 10 years working on Parliament Hill, 8 years of which I’ve worked for the Speaker of the House of Commons under two Speakers. In my current role, I coordinate and manage all official and public events for the Speaker. One of the main objectives of the Speaker’s Office is to foster civility, cooperation and decorum in the House of Commons and among Members of Parliament. If you read or watch the news, you know what a challenge that is. It really allowed me to hone my ability to bring people with different interests and points of view together.
During my time in the Speaker’s Officer, I played an essential role in working with all political parties, Indigenous leaders, staff and national organizations to organize, coordinate and/or plan:
meetings of the G7 Speakers in Ottawa (2009) and Halifax (2018);
the Government of Canada’s national Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools (2008);
parliamentary addresses of US President Obama and Malala Yousafzai;
bilateral meetings among world leaders that visited Ottawa and the Parliament of Canada (British Prime Minister; German Chancellor, US President, Mexican President, Japanese Emperor);
the recognition of our Canadian Olympic and Para-Olympic athletes in the House of Commons (Vancouver 2010, Rio de Janiero 2016 and Pyong Chang 2018);
Equal Voice’s “Daughters of the Vote” (2017);
and much more.
My Involvement in Our Community
I’ve called Ottawa home for over 15 years. In that time, I’ve made it a priority to engage with and remain an active member of my community:
I served one term as the Vice-President of the Glebe Community Association;
I am a volunteer carrier for the Glebe Report community newspaper;
I am a Director of the Rideau Curling Club and Draw Master for the Treasury Curling League;
I am a contributor to the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy;
I served as a member of the executive for the Political Science Students Association at the University of Ottawa;
I volunteered at the Peer Help Centre at the University of Ottawa helping with students with crisis management; and
I have long been involved with Rotary International.
And when I’m not doing that, I practice yoga, I love getting outdoors and gardening. I can also be found in the neighbourhood walking my golden doodle Winston with my partner Sarah, or at home in the kitchen making something delicious.
Following in the example set by friends and family, I am running to be your councillor in the Capital Ward. I want to make use of my experiences and my strengths to work with you and to help bring results to our community.
I'm committed to making our community and our Capital Ward the best place to live in Ottawa.