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Danya Pastuszek

Danya Pastuszek (she/her) is Co-CEO at The Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement, which supports more than 400 communities across Canada to end poverty in ways that honor people, place and planet. She has lived and worked in both the US and Canada. Her early career was spent in New York City, working with resettling refugees and then with with people impacted by the US’s systems of criminal justice. In 2012, she moved to Salt Lake City and began a decade-long career at United Way of Salt Lake, supporting cross-sector partnerships designed to support economic mobility. In February 2022, she was appointed as Co-CEO at the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement. She supports communities across Canada in their work to end poverty, activate just climate transitions, and foster communities where everyone experiences belonging. She studied English, Psychology and Business and is a Utah Business Magazine CxO of the Year (2021), a participant in the inaugural cohort of Women in Power. She (2022), and a recipient of the Schwab Foundation’s inaugural Collective Social Innovation Award (2023). She holds a BA (English) and an MA (Psychology) from Stanford University and an MBA from New York University. She’d love to connect with you at

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Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement

Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies to fight poverty and solve major community issues mainly across Canada. It focuses primarily on vulnerable individuals, families and communities in deprived rural or peri-urban areas and from Indigenous or immigrant backgrounds. Tamarack’s two main goals are to develop tools and share stories of change happening at the community level, and to engage diverse, multi-sector leaders to apply these tools to help end poverty at the local level. The network has grown to more than 90 regional members, local non-profit or community associations, whose work impacts 22 million Canadians, equivalent to 58% of the country’s population.


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