Alyssa Brierley, Executive Director and General Counsel
Alyssa is a lawyer and public policy professional who brings over a decade of experience in public policy, legal service, research and academia to the position of Executive Director. Prior to joining CERA, Alyssa served as the health, social, justice and labour policy advisor to the President of the Treasury Board of Ontario and as the Director of Policy to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Prior to her work in government, Alyssa worked as a legal research and communications advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, as a lawyer and policy analyst at the Ontario College of Teachers, Ontario’s regulator for the teaching profession, and as an articling student at Torys LLP, one of Canada’s largest corporate/commercial law firms. Alyssa holds a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in Political Science from York University, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and is completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at York University, in which she is investigating the use of strategic litigation in India and its impact on food policy.
Rozeta Aleksov, Program Manager – Youth Housing Rights
Rozeta started her social engagement as a peace builder, youth and women’s rights activist in Serbia. Wanting to maximize the impact of her actions, in 2006 she joined the National Association of Local Authorities, where she was advocating for gender equity and a human rights-based approach in a broad range of policies and services. At the same time, she facilitated networking and collaboration on the national and European level. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration, Local Governance and Public Policies, from the University of Belgrade. She is passionate about achieving social justice through transforming mindsets and organizations, and navigating systemic change while empowering people, especially equity seeking groups.
Carly Bowie, Project Coordinator
Carly received her Bachelor of Social Work degree and is pursuing a Certificate in Project Management from Ryerson University. Her focus is on bringing an anti-oppression lens to the housing sector to support tenants. She coordinates responsive community projects at CERA as well as provides assistance for direct client services and community education. She is passionate about advocating for stronger social policies around affordable housing that increase social inclusion.
Janice Campbell, Program Manager – Women’s Housing Rights
Janice supports CERA’s ongoing and dynamic work regarding Women’s Housing Rights. She brings education, communities of practice, business optimization, a thorough understanding of contemporary housing systems, subject matter expertise from a social housing delivery perspective, as well as experience working with local, provincial and federal governments, Indigenous peoples and First Nations partners. Janice enjoys working with diverse community stakeholders and looks forward to continuing her work in the housing sector, as informed by her LGBTQ2 lived experience and from her social-justice seeking feminist lens, by contributing to CERA’s mission and working towards a community-driven, government-supported, human rights-based platform of equality while offering innovative and “about time” solutions to some of our most complex social challenges that will improve housing outcomes for all people.
Annie Hodgins, Project Manager
Annie manages CERA’s Housing Access, Stabilization and Eviction Prevention program funded by the City of Toronto. In this role, Annie has effectively overseen the delivery of direct services to thousands of marginalized tenants in Toronto, and facilitated hundreds of workshops across Ontario for diverse populations. She is a Ryerson University Field Instructor, sits on the Toronto Rent Bank Steering Committee, and is a Community Co-Chair for the City of Toronto’s Housing Help Services Network. Annie has a background in non-profit administration and grant development, holds a Master of Arts degree from York University, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership at the University of Toronto. Annie is passionate about ensuring that legislation, policy, and services are responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations.
Louis Oghenekevwe Oroguncha, Office and Programs Assistant
Louis has a Bachelors and Master’s of Science degree in Environmental and Satellite Physics from the Lagos State University, a Certificate of Management from the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Managers of Nigeria (NIM) and over twelve years of experience in administrative and teaching. He is a scientist, an educator and an administrator with a passion for learning and helping to provide solutions whenever possible. Louis joined CERA because he believes in the right to housing for every human being as recognized by the United Nation’s. He is passionate about advancing the rights of groups protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code for accommodation in housing. He hopes to bring his wealth of experience in teaching to Ontarians in educating on housing rights and responsibilities.
Katie Plaizier, Projects Manager
Katie has a background in urban planning from the University of Toronto, where she focused on housing, community responses to homelessness, and the right to the city. After five years growing CERA’s youth housing rights program as well as managing responsive community based projects, she currently supports CERA’s fundraising and strategic development on a part-time basis.
Erin Walker, Case Worker and Project Coordinator
Erin has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Western Ontario, a Child and Youth Work diploma from Humber College, and a Masters of Child Study and Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. Erin comes to CERA with 10 years of experience in the youth homelessness sector and the strong belief that stable, affordable housing is a human right that all marginalized populations should be able to access.