Our People

Executive Director

Emily Munroe

(Currently on maternity leave)

Emily has been with 8 80 Cities since 2009 and has managed diverse engagement and capacity building projects both locally and internationally. She has led major projects with partners such as the Ontario Government, the Knight Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Gehl Architects.

Emily is passionate about making healthy choices easy for everyone, every day by creating cities where people can walk, bike, and play. She uses her creativity and problem-solving skills to develop stimulating and imaginative strategies to engage people in the process of improving their cities.

Interim Executive Director

Ryan O’Connor

Ryan’s work as an urban planner includes a diverse list of public realm improvement and community development projects – from parklets to plazas – in Vancouver, throughout Ontario, and in his hometown of Winnipeg.

At 8 80 Cities, Ryan contributed to the Doable Neighbourhood Project, and now supports a variety of initiatives as part of our partnership with the Knight Foundation. He holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia.

In October 2016, Ryan began serving as 8 80 Cities’ Interim Executive Director.

Senior Advisor

Amanda O’Rourke

Amanda has been with 8 80 Cities since the beginning in 2007. She has been instrumental in the development and growth of 8 80 Cities into the successful international non-profit organization it is today. Amanda has worked on numerous projects related to parks, public spaces, and sustainable transportation in North America, Europe, and Australia. She now works mostly on strategy, partnership development, and board relations.

Amanda holds a Master’s of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from Queen’s University. She is a Senior Advisor for Gil Penalosa & Associates, and Co-Chair of the Children and Nature Committee for World Urban Parks. She loves being a momma to three small kids, is an eternal optimist, and is passionate about transforming cities into great places for all people.

Project Manager

Rossana Tudo

Rossana joined 8 80 Cities in June of 2015 and is dedicated to building engaged and inclusive cities. She is a versatile urban planner with a combined eight years of planning and research experience spanning three cities (Toronto, Montreal, and New York).

Having worked in a wide range of roles and fields, she applies a creative and multi-disciplinary approach to all her work.

Project Manager

David Simor

David joined 8 80 Cities in August of 2016, after several years working at Toronto City Hall. An avowed lover of all things urban, he has helped co-ordinate numerous public realm and park revitalizations, planning studies, and neighbourhood improvement projects.

Trained as an actor, David firmly believes listening is the first step towards creating inclusive, accessible and dynamic cities for everyone.

Admin. & Communications Manager

Camila Uriona

Trained in communications, Camila has a special and creative expertise in client relations and is always keen to explore new forms of media. She has an outstanding sensitivity with people and brings creativity and fun to all the work she does.

Camila joined the 8 80 Cities team in 2011. A great multitasker, she takes care of both administration and communications.

Project Coordinator

Ryan Lo

Having spent his childhood years in Hong Kong and over a decade now in southern Ontario, Ryan has experienced opposite spectra of city life going from hyper-density to ever-sprawling suburbia. Joining 8 80 Cities in 2016 as Project Coordinator, he is passionate about finding the right balance through placemaking and community engagement.

A recent Master of Urban Planning graduate from McGill University, Ryan has worked on various projects in different capacities across sectors. As a designer, he participated and received awards in multi-disciplinary design competitions, and is always on the search for creative opportunities.


Alyssa Bird

Alyssa is a long-time fan of getting people outside and active. She’s passionate about physical activity in public space and making recreation accessible in any community. Trained in urban planning, public health, and community engagement, Alyssa’s recent focus has been on Open Streets advocacy and implementation in communities across Canada and the USA.

Summer Project Coordinator

Zainab Abbasi

Zainab is the Summer Project Coordinator intern with 880 Cities. She brings a passion for inclusive design of public spaces, particularly engaging children in community-building processes.

She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at Ryerson University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Toronto. As an urban planner in training, she likes to approach her work from a range of lens in addition to her design-related background. She is always on the look-out for beautiful urban places to explore and cool new foods to try.


Liliana Diaz

It was 2008 when Liliana joined 8 80 Cities, bringing over 10 years of international working experience in general accounting, financial planning, and reporting. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a specialization in tax preparation, and hands-on knowledge of accounting standards and best practices, Liliana has participated in diverse projects in the public and private sectors in both Canada and Mexico.

Liliana is passionate about starting new projects and recognizes the benefits to individuals and society at large of 8 80 Cities projects, which she happily supports as a volunteer. She is a lover of the outdoors and believes that being in harmony with nature is an important piece of our overall health and well-being.


Kojo Almasi

Kojo is currently an Administrative Assistant with 8 80 Cities. He has past experience working in the House of Commons both as an office assistant to a Member of Parliament as well as in the government caucus research bureau as a community outreach assistant.He has also been involved with various political campaigns in an analytics capacity.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

Board of Directors

Gil Penalosa, Director and Chair of the Board
Amanda O’Rourke, Director
Jared Kolb, Director
Rafael Vargas, Director
Juliana Berrio, Director


Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities and focuses on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.

Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.

Gil also runs his own international consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates and is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator of strategic workshops.

Work With Us

Let’s collaborate to create better cities.

The 8 80 Cities team is passionate about cities for all people. Let’s talk and explore opportunities for collaboration.