Jessie-Lee Wallace is a seasoned professional with over 10+ years of progressive business development experience and a strong background in philanthropy, sponsorship, advocacy, and strategic communications. Born and raised in Ottawa, Jessie-Lee is deeply passionate about creating healthy and diverse cities, with a focus on barrier-free programs for under-served communities, affordable housing, and life-changing services for individuals and families.
With a strong emphasis on building impactful relationships and partnerships, Jessie-Lee has worked alongside inspired volunteers, donors, community and faith groups, businesses, media partners, and political representatives to drive positive change. Their expertise lies in developing specific, timely, and transformative initiatives and interventions that matter, with a particular emphasis on major gifts, planned giving, advocacy, non-profit communications, crisis communications, media relations, direct response, digital engagement, donor stewardship, public relations, campaigns, grant writing, marketing, social media, strategic planning, evaluation, business systems, revenue generation, partnership agreements, and governance.
Jessie-Lee holds a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Global Communication from Royal Roads University and has a background in Community Organizing for Social Justice from the University of Michigan. They also have a Bachelor of Arts in English and Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa.
Previously, Jessie-Lee has held the role of Senior Manager of Communications at The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, Director of Major Gifts & Communications at BGC Ottawa, Board Member at HelpAge Canada, Secretary & Chair of Governance Committee at Daybreak Non-Profit Housing, Associate Director of Major Gifts & Communications at BGC Ottawa, Associate Director of Major Gifts at BGC Ottawa, Sr. Resource Development Manager at Cornerstone Housing for Women, Director of Direct Fundraising at CARE, and Annual Giving Officer at CHEO -- Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Overall, Jessie-Lee Wallace brings a wealth of knowledge in major gifts, communications, and strategic planning to their work. Their extensive experience in the non-profit sector, coupled with a strong passion for creating positive change, makes them a valuable asset to any organization or initiative.