Carly Bowie, Project Coordinator | Carly received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University specializing in Political Science. 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.
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.
Annie Hodgins, Project Manager | Annie manages CERA’s Housing Access, Stabilization and Eviction Prevention direct service program, funded by the City of Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree from York University with a focus on the history of psychology and gender history. 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, Project 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. In addition to supporting CERA’s direct client services, she leads responsive community education and outreach initiatives.