Our Team

Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director

Marlene has been the Executive Director of UrbanArts since 2008 and has over 25 years’ experience in arts administration, non-profit management, organizational development and capacity building, advocacy, and training & employment services for multiple stakeholders including youth, women, immigrants and the unemployed. With a passion for youth and the arts, Marlene has worked tirelessly to ensure young people have access to quality programs and services and that their voices are included in every sphere. She has completed academic programs at the Schulich School of Business, the Ivey Spencer Business School and Humber College. Marlene is a recipient of the Black Business & Professional Association’s (BBPA) 2015 Woman of Honour Award for excellence in service to the community.

Lensa Simesso Denga, Operations Manager

Lensa came to UrbanArts with over 10 years of Senior Management experience with international and national non for profit organizations with strong expertise in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Human Resources Management and Employment Counseling.

Lensa, Graduated in a Post Graduate in Development Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and completed undergraduate studies in Business Administration, Applied Linguistics, and Communications. Furthermore, Certified in Organizational Change and Learning, Women’s’ Leadership, Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, Conflict Transformation and Peace building.

Spencer Phillips, Program Manager

A dedicated champion of the arts, Spencer brings over 10 years of experience in the arts and non-profit sector with expertise in branding, content marketing, web development, and project management. His boutique design and branding firm, Wimbo Media, has collaborated on projects with CBC, Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Canadian Space Agency and TD Bank in recent years.

Born in Botswana to South African parents, Spencer’s family immigrated to Canada when he was three years old. He studied at Ryerson University and the Harris Institute of the Arts, where he earned an Arts Management diploma.