MELISSA DE GENOVA City Council Candidate
Elected in 2014, Councillor Melissa De Genova has a long history of community and public service. She previously served as a Non-Partisan Association (NPA) Park Board commissioner from 2011–2014 and developed a passion for civic issues at a very young age. Councillor De Genova chose to run for City Council with the NPA for many reasons, including, adding the voice of a millennial to Vancouver government and to bring her experience in housing to create affordable and realistic housing solutions in our city, in light of the Vancouver’s housing crisis.
She is a board director and gala chair for Honour House Society, a refuge for Canadian Forces, veterans, first responders, and their families to stay, while they receive medical care in Metro Vancouver. She is a past board director of Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, and has also volunteered her time on boards and committees with several charitable organizations, including Odd Squad Productions and the Salvation Army’s “Hope in the Inner City” Gala in the Downtown Eastside. In 2016 Business in Vancouver named Melissa in Vancouver’s “Top Forty under 40” for her leadership in developing affordable housing.
In her professional life, Councillor De Genova is the director of development for the Vancouver Resource Society, a non-profit organization, where she leads initiatives to create and secure accessible housing for persons with disabilities. She also owns a marketing and event production company.
She holds a political science degree from Simon Fraser University and has in the past worked in senior management roles for many companies and organizations in both non-profit and private sectors.
Councillor De Genova is a strong advocate for seniors, working with both federal and provincial governments and the community to secure funding and move forward with a seniors centre in Southeast Vancouver.
Councillor De Genova lives in East Vancouver with her husband and their infant daughter. You are most likely to find Melissa at local community events or enjoying a walk in a Vancouver park.