Stephanie Mackenzie-Smith is an accomplished public sector executive, having held leadership positions at the Town of Aurora and with York Regional Police. She has been a lecturer at the Ontario Police College and is a well-known speaker on the use of digital media for citizen engagement. Stephanie is currently completing her PhD in the Communication and Culture – Politics and Policy Program at York University. Her ongoing research interests include human rights, policing, local government, and civic engagement and social transformation. She holds a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master of Public Administration from Western University. In 2018, Stephanie was recognized with the Allan O’Brien Academic Award from the Western University Local Government Program, and she has been nominated for the York University LA&PS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the current Communications Director for the Western University Local Government Program Alumni Society and volunteers with the Global Pandemic Network, an UN-Habitat sponsored community of scholars supporting research on the legal, economic, and social impacts of pandemics.