A small but dedicated team of individuals committed to positive social change in York South-Weston
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
Lensa came to UrbanArts with over 10 years of Senior Management experience with international and national not for profit organizations with strong expertise in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Human Resources Management and Employment Counselling. Lensa completed a Post Graduate in Development Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, along with an undergraduate studies in Business Administration, Applied Linguistics, and Communications. Furthermore, Lensa is Certified in Organizational Change and Learning, Women’s’ Leadership, Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, Conflict Transformation and Peace building.