Genius Team

genius staff

Tracey Mitchell, Acting Executive Director

Tracey Mitchell is a settler from Treaty 4 Territory (Moose Jaw), now living in Treaty 6 Territory (Saskatoon).  A social justice and environmental activist since the age of 13, Tracey sits on the national board of The Council of Canadians and is active in Climate Justice Saskatoon. She was also a founding member of Bus Riders of Saskatoon. She has written for various publications including Briarpatch Magazine and the book and website Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution. 

Tracey has been the Saskatchewan Coordinator for Next Up since 2010 and recently stepped into the role of Acting Executive Director at genius. She ran her own facilitation business from 2009 to 2014 and now works as a Peer Support Mentor, putting her own lived experience of depression to good use in supporting others. 


Kevin Millsip, co-founder & advisor

Kevin Milsip

In 1998 Kevin co-founded Check Your Head an organization that has worked with over 40,000 young people to get involved in global justice issues. He served as the Executive Director of CYH until 2009. In 2004 he co-founded Get Your Vote On – a campaign that registered 20,000 new voters for the 2005 provincial election in BC. He served as a Vancouver School Board (VSB) Trustee, where he drafted one of Canada’s strongest policies protecting students from advertising in schools, worked to increase student involvement in the VSB’s processes, and helped develop sustainability related processes.

He worked for 6 years as the Vancouver School Board's first Sustainability Coordinator and moved to working full time with Next UP and the global youth education network in from 2015 to 2017, and now acts as an advisor for genius. Kevin currently works as the Labour Staff Representative at United Way of the Lower Mainland. He lives and works in Vancouver on the shared lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish peoples.

 

Kristie Starr, operations manager & fund development coordinator

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Kristie was born and raised in the desert of Southern Colorado, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After graduating from Colorado College, she spent ten years on the east coast of the U.S., getting a graduate education in both history and social justice at Yale University.

Her experience in New Haven led her to become a union organizer with Unite Here International Union and to organize workers in hotels and casinos across Connecticut, California, Florida, Colorado, and, finally, Vancouver BC. She’s now happily settled in this city on the edge of the Pacific ocean, where she has worked as a coordinator for Pivot Legal Society’s Hope in Shadows calendar vendor program and as the campaigner for the Green Jobs for BC campaign. In her spare time you might find her knitting or bicycling around town, though not at the same time.

  


 

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Blair Redlin, treasurer

Blair Redlin

Blair Redlin is a trade union researcher, recently retired from the staff of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). From 1994 to 2001, Blair was a senior administrator in the B.C. public service. He served as Deputy Minister of Transportation and Highways; President of the B.C. Transportation Financing Authority; Deputy Minister of Employment and Investment and President of the Transportation Association of Canada. Blair is currently vice-chair of the Board of Oxfam Canada and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

 

Eugene Kung, chair of the board

Eugene Kung

Eugene Kung practices social justice law in the areas of public utility regulation, human rights, civil litigation and administrative law as a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law. He holds a JD (LLB) from Dalhousie University, a BA (Political Science) from UBC and was called to the BC bar in 2008. Eugene is a NextUp graduate (NUPBC5), and is also a director of Pivot Legal Society. He has worked extensively on environmental justice issues and sits on the steering committee of the CCPABC’s Climate Justice Project. In his spare time, Eugene is a mediocre musician, a so-so snowboarder and a horrible hockey player.

 

Katrina Pacey

Katrina Pacey

A month into law school, Katrina was looking for new ways to ground her education (which includes an MA in women’s studies) and contribute to real social change in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She connected with John Richardson, established Pivot Legal’s sex work and human rights campaign and has been with Pivot ever since.

As Pivot’s litigation director, Katrina brings legal strategy to Pivot’s campaigns and connects Pivot with the broader legal community. Outside the office, Katrina spends her time hanging out with her partner, daughter, and son. She also stays active by jogging regularly and dancing as often as possible.

 

Seth Klein, co-founder

Seth Klein

Seth was hired to open the CCPA’s BC Office in 1996. Under his direction it has become a prominent and widely respected source of public policy research and commentary. Seth’s research deals primarily with tax reform, welfare policy, poverty, inequality, and economic security. A social activist for over 30 years and a former teacher, Seth holds a BA in international relations, a BEd from the University of Toronto, and an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University. Seth is a co-founder of Next Up. He is the former co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and an advisor to the Living Wage for Families campaign.

 

Lynda Gerty, secretary

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As an experienced nonprofit leader, Associate Certified Coach, and collaborative process consultant, Lynda currently serves as a leadership coach and group facilitator for nonprofit and social change clients. A skilled communicator, Lynda is excited to contribute her governance and community engagement expertise to the genius board. Formerly the Public Engagement Manager at the David Suzuki Foundation and President of the Board at ArtStarts in Schools, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Human Systems Intervention at Concordia University in Montreal. On the weekends, you can find her playing with colourful paint, working in her community garden, devouring good books, and spending time with the 12 children in her life.

 

Whitney Brown

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Whitney is an experienced digital strategist with a background in political and issue-based digital campaigning. In 2015, Whitney was part of the federal NDP's most successful grassroots digital fundraising campaign. She previously drove online fundraising for Pivot Legal Society and has worked with organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation to build in-house digital organizing capacity.

Before joining Public Outreach, Whitney co-founded Victory Collective, a digital strategy consulting firm that helps progressives -- nonprofits, charities, unions, and values-based companies -- run winning digital campaigns. She's worked with clients large and small, including Megaphone Magazine, Fostering Change, the BC Federation of Labour, and Vancity Credit Union.

As the Digital Director at Public Outreach, Whitney is responsible for building and executing multi-channel engagement campaigns that generate new leads for organizations and convert them into donors. She works closely with charitable clients to develop effective in-house acquisition and fundraising campaigns through optimized landing pages, email cultivation series and social media advertising. She tweets @whit_says.