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OpenNorth is growing and we’d like you to meet our new colleagues

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Join us in welcoming:

Robin, Applied Research Analyst, Urban Development

As a researcher in urban development, Robin Basalaev-Binder’s professional interests center on understanding and addressing socio-economic inequalities and injustice in the North American context, and globally. In addition to being a core researcher at OpenNorth, Robin is also a Research Associate at the McGill School of Urban Planning, exploring questions of urban governance in sustainability and resilience planning in Montreal, New York, and other North American cities. Robin has a forthcoming publication, co-authored with her colleagues from McGill, titled The High Cost of Short-Term Rentals in New York City. Robin’s personal interests align closely with those of her research, tying urban planning and development into art, community, music, food, history, and their ultimate coming together in human interactions. Read more about Robin’s work on her personal website.

Jackie, Office Manager

Self-described taskmaster specialist, Jackie’s professional interests lie in streamlining project tools and communications to ensure smooth operations of events and projects, and ensuring that her team is in tune and on time. Previously, Jackie designed and implemented a workshop series tailored to the fiscal and operational needs of newly established organizations. With 10+ years of experience in fundraising, Jackie has worked with a variety of community groups including hospitals, schools, and festivals designing and implementing successful fundraising strategies across Canada and the United States. Over and above these accomplishments, Jackie is a trained classical pianist, and performs regularly in Montreal and surrounding areas. She has been voted in the top ten performer category in 2015, 2016, 2017 by Cult Montreal. Don’t miss the chance to see her in concert.

Welcome Robin and Jackie!

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