The TEAM

A small but dedicated team of individuals committed to positive social change in York South-Weston
Executive Director

Marlene McKintosh

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.

Operations Manager

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.

Development and Communication Coordinator

David Blackmore

David is a team player who has worked on numerous fundraising events, campaigns for capital, annual operating and endowment funds for arts, mental health and social services organizations. An accomplished musician (jazz flute), he is a recipient of the Fellowship of Man Humanitarian Award and was nominated for citizen of the year Ontario. He has a BFA from York University, Art’s Administration Certificate Banff Centre for Management.

Program Manager

Angelina Mighty Osborne

Angelina is a passionate community worker with over eleven years of experience in program design and management. Driven by understanding the social as well as economical gaps marginalized families and communities face, she takes pride in building impactful relationships and programs for the communities she serves.  Additional roles in volunteer management, event coordination and services coordination will assist her with bringing people together from many communities for one goal; providing skills to teach them how to be impactful leaders in their communities through community arts.