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Public Interest builds unique teams for each new project with members of our staff and our frequent collaborators. We frequently partner with other not-for-profit organizations and consultants, ensuring that the right mix of experience and knowledge is brought to each new endeavour.
Sean Meagher has been President of Public Interest since 2002. During that time, he has managed a host of innovative projects for the not-for-profit and public sectors. Sean has also developed public policy in areas as diverse as food security, child poverty, seniors’ services, tax policy, employment programs, youth services, and recreation.
Katrina Miller joined the Public Interest Team in 2011. Prior to Public Interest, she worked in the environmental non-profit sector where she developed and advocated for local environmental policies and programs by engaging stakeholders from the NGO sector, relevant communities and neighbourhoods, and local government.
She has in-depth experience managing multi-sector collaborations, developing grass-roots campaigns, guiding policy initiatives through government decision-making processes, and crafting media and communication strategies.
Tony Boston has built a reputation as a respectful, thoughtful communicator and connector across multiple settings and sectors. He facilitates processes that maximize inclusion of all relevant voices in decision-making, from development of neighbourhood associations to instructing public policy.
For the past six years, Effie Vlachoyannacos has worked on diverse community engagement programs and campaigns across Toronto, with particular focus on Scarborough.
With Public Interest, Effie has worked extensively with tenants in Toronto Community Housing on a variety of housing, environmental, and children’s program projects, including Save Our Structures, Building Stronger Futures and the Anti-Ableism Committee. In addition, Effie has also contributed to Toronto Community Housing policy reviews, organizing the LeSage review into the tenant eviction process and assisting in the development of a partnership framework for the organization.
Alissa Von Bargen is a Health Policy Project Manager at Public Interest. She has a broad range of experience in government policy, media, communications and advocacy. She has experience in both provincial and municipal governments, and brings her knowledge of government decision-making, budgeting and legislative processes to projects.
Larissa has 10 years experience in program administration and an extensive background in systems solution design. She has worked on health related projects as a part of the Public Interest team, such as the Flemingdon Health Centre Satellite and the City of Toronto pesticide use prevention project.
Prior to working at Public Interest, Larissa worked at Casey House Hospice where she gained tremendous experience, particularly in engaging with community members as well as with community partners. Larissa holds a BFA from Concordia University.
Jill started working with Public Interest in 2007 and works as a consultant on progressive issues and campaigns. She is also currently chair of The Four Villages Community Health Centre in Toronto’s west end.
Chris Watson has an extensive background in communications and strategic analysis. Working largely in the field of politics, his experience includes federal, provincial and municipal election campaigns over more than 20 years. He was the Federal Secretary of the New Democratic Party in Ottawa from March 2002 until November 2004. Chris worked for a senior Ontario cabinet minister during the 1990s and later worked with the Ontario NDP in Opposition. He also worked for a number of years in the trade union movement and with NGOs.