Shawna Teper

York University
Government and Community Relations Officer
Shawna holds a BSW and an MSW from Ryerson University. She began her social work career as a frontline counsellor in a women’s shelter, working with women and children who had survived domestic violence.
Subsequently, Shawna spent over ten years as political staff within the City of Toronto. She began in Councillor Adam Giambrone’s Office as his Special Assistant, Transit and then moved into the role of Chief of Staff for Councillor Shelley Carroll. Shawna’s time at the City of Toronto spanned three different Mayoral administrations. Throughout this time, Shawna’s work focused heavily on community development within traditionally underserved neighbourhoods.
In 2018, Shawna joined the community and government relations team at York University. In her current role, Shawna is focused on enhancing relationships within communities as well as with municipal, regional and Indigenous governments.
Shawna’s commitment to access, equity and social justice have remained a consistent thread throughout her career.