Valesa FariaDirector, Housing Secretariat at City of Toronto
Valesa Faria is an accomplished city builder with over 15 years of professional experience in affordable housing policy and strategy, real estate development, asset management and public/private/non-profit partnerships. Since 2019, Valesa has been Director of the City of Toronto's Housing Secretariat. As Director of the Housing Secretariat, Valesa is responsible for working with City divisions and agencies, government partners, the private sector, and non-profit partners to deliver the City's ambitious HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. This includes leading the development of housing policies and programs, and supporting implementation to increase the supply of purpose-built affordable housing across Toronto. Valesa is passionate about improving lives through increased access to safe, adequate and affordable housing. She is also focused on helping to build a more equitable, diverse and inclusive city where everyone can thrive.