Directors

New directors for 2020-21:

Greg Tedesco

Greg Tedesco is a policy analyst in the area of housing and homelessness programs in Hamilton, and is focused on issues centered on housing justice and the realization of the right to housing for all. Greg completed the Master of Social Work program at McMaster in 2019 with a research focus on housing and human rights in the context of Canadian social policy. Greg lives with his family in the Strathcona neighbourhood and can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about where to find the best Italian pastries in the city.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a Beasley resident. His main interests are increasing access to affordable housing, equitable use of public space, and removing barriers to tax filing for low-income people

Returning directors:

Jay Krause

Michael Borrelli

Mike Borrelli is a social researcher raising a family in Hamilton’s family friendly North End. A McMaster alum and Treasurer of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association, Mike is interested in housing justice and the ways that cities grow and develop.

Benjamin Zarate

A born-and raised Hamiltonian, Ben has always loved his city and is thrilled to be a part of its resurgence. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in public policy from McMaster University, focusing largely on housing and transportation issues. Ben is a real estate data & information analyst, coach and former manager with a certain Hamilton rock climbing gym, and is currently engaged to another lifelong Hamiltonian. He is a passionate supporter of affordable housing, alternative transportation, urban renewal, and heritage restoration.

Li Cheng

Li Cheng is a lawyer who recently moved to Hamilton. He has a background in architecture and urban design. Li has acted as legal counsel on matters in urban planning, land development, and housing. He believes that Hamilton has tremendous opportunities to build communities that are inclusive and habitable for all Hamiltonians.