Andrea Burkhart becomes first Executive Director of EndPovertyEdmonton!

EndPovertyEdmonton Co Chairs Dr. Jeff Bisanz and Bishop Jane Alexander are pleased to announce that Ms. Andrea Burkhart will join EndPovertyEdmonton in June 2017 as its inaugural Executive Director.

Ms Burkhart has spent the last six years as founding Executive Director of ACTAlberta, the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association. In this role, she successfully launched, grew and led the development of a robust community organization dedicated to advancing collaboration and partnership to address the complex issue of human trafficking.

 “Andrea Burkhart impressed us with her passion for human rights, her knowledge about collective impact and poverty, and her adaptive, bridge-building approach to leadership” said Dr. Jeff Bisanz, “We feel confident she will work collaboratively and purposefully with the new EndPovertyEdmonton groups - and our many community allies and partners - to advance our immediate goals and to eliminate poverty in our city within a generation.”

Asked about her hopes and visions for this role, Ms. Burkhart said, “I am honoured to work with the visionary community leaders of EndPovertyEdmonton. Tackling poverty is big work. The political will, community support and appetite for collaboration mean Edmonton is ready to move the needle and I am eager to serve in this capacity.”

Andrea Burkhart will take the helm at EndPovertyEdmonton on June 6, 2017. She will be working out of the United Way Alberta Capital Region offices at 15132 Stony Plain Road, as that agency is generously providing office space and is acting as fiscal agent for EndPovertyEdmonton.