Vice-President, Toronto City Summit Alliance
Naki has had the privilege of having been witness to and at the heart of many transformational moments in Toronto’s arts and cultural communities over the last decade. After contributing to marketing programs for Artscape and the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association, helping raise close to $50 million for The Royal Conservatory of Music and completing a master’s degree in Sociology, she actively sought opportunities to bring all of these experiences to a new set of challenges.
Today, Naki is the Vice President, Strategy at the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a unique coalition of ‘unusual suspects’ – senior business, non-profit, government and community leaders – who come together to address challenges to the Toronto region’s social and economic future. At the Alliance she has the opportunity to combine the marketing, strategy and fundraising skills acquired over the past several years and has supported the development of the Alliance’s many initiatives.
She has especially enjoyed introducing unique models of facilitating the development of rising civic leaders through the Alliance’s Emerging Leaders Network and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project.
Naki serves on the Board of Directors for St. Christopher House, one of Canada’s leading multiservice community agencies. In a past life she was a radio show host and deejay where she developed expertise in the art of “mash-ups”, a skill that comes in handy when designing collaborative solutions.