Dara is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Vancouver. Established in 2001, SVP is part of an international network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money and professional expertise in local non-profits. SVP's mission is to strengthen the organizational capacity and scale the impact of innovative non-profits to create positive social change in our community.
Previously she served as the Executive Director of QMUNITY, where she had oversight of finance, resource development, human resources, communications, and strategic planning across British Columbia..
Dara is a community planner with a background in diversity and inclusion, and has more than 15 years’ experience working in social-profits and local government. Dara began her career working in international development and has travelled to over 50 countries, spanning five continents. Her CIDA-funded youth engagement work in Lesotho (Southern Africa) inspired her to return to pursue a Masters in Planning at the University of British Columbia with a focus on how to build inclusive cities.
Dara is a skilled public speaker who is regularly asked to comment on current issues.
She has been featured on Global BC, CTV, CBC, CKNW, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, and The Vancouver Courier.
Dara’s notable achievements include: working for the United Nations Association in Canada, Kids Help Phone, the City of Burnaby, and Cuso International.
For three years Dara consulted with UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency focused on global human settlements. Dara supported the inaugural Youth Advisory Board where she helped mainstream youth participation throughout the organization.
Dara volunteered as Co-President of the United Nations Association in Canada Vancouver Board from 2008-2015, promoting public engagement on global issues.
Dara lives in the West End with her partner. She plays recreational volleyball and loves to walk the seawall.