Dina Graser specializes in urban projects that build and engage communities, with a focus on equitable economic development. She has a wide-ranging background in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and moves easily between many worlds, including transportation, housing, the law, the arts, and public engagement. Dina takes a strategic, creative and pragmatic approach to connecting people and communities to build consensus and make progress on complex problems.
She was a Senior Advisor at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto from 2016-2018, and in 2016-2017, was Project Director of the National Housing Collaborative. From 2010-2014 she was the Director, Community and Stakeholder Relations at Metrolinx, where she headed Metrolinx’s first community relations division, oversaw public and stakeholder engagement, created its first public meetings on accessibility and pioneered its community benefits framework for the $5B Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. Before joining Metrolinx, Dina was a communications lawyer, a planning activist, and a successful producer of live shows, arts festivals, political campaigns and community events.
Dina has been active on a number of arts boards and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. She has a B.A. from McGill University, an M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from the City University of New York, and an LLB from the University of Toronto.