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Our Staff

Leanne Sawatzky

Leanne Sawatzky

Executive Director (Interim)

Leanne sets the strategic direction for the organization, leads the Renewable Cities team and establishes strategic relationships with partners and donors. She also guides operations, finance, and human resources, enabling smooth program implementation and a healthy organizational culture.

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Charles Pan

Planning Analyst

Charles supports quantitative and qualitative analytical activities for the Smart Growth, Smart City program to advance sustainable land use as a cornerstone to renewable, resilient and restorative cities.

Rebekah Parker

Rebekah Parker

Program & Engagement Coordinator

Rebekah supports the development, delivery, and evaluation of in-person and online events for Renewable Cities’ many projects.

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Emily Woo

Communications and Events Coordinator

Emily supports the development and delivery of communications and marketing materials and events for Renewable Cities’ various program areas.

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Amal Abdullah

Project Coordinator

Amal supports the development and delivery of various project areas at Renewable Cities. She also supports strategic program and engagement initiatives.

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Veronica Grant

Project Coordinator, Prefab Mass Timber

Veronica supports the delivery of the mass timber mid-rise local solutions engagement project at Renewable Cities, including engagement with elected officials and advisory design panels and facilitating the development of design guidelines.