Executive Director jessica[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Jessica had recently returned to Vancouver after working with people displaced by conflict overseas when she met a Megaphone vendor on the street. Moved by the potential for social change in Megaphone’s model, Jessica volunteered to help out, starting by writing thank-you postcards to donors. In 2013, she joined staff, first as vendor coordinator, then as operations manager, and now as executive director. Jessica was formally educated in International Relations. She was informally educated by the Internet, her library card, and that time her father unceremoniously threw her into the Nanaimo River to teach her to swim. When not making executive decisions, Jessica explores forests and mountains, learns to play music, reads, and plays soccer.
Managing Editor - on parental leave stef[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Stefania has been writing for Megaphone since 2009, shortly after graduating from Langara College’s journalism program. Her work has appeared across Canada, in the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Province, the Windspeaker and many other publications. She’s worked for many newspapers, including the North Shore News, 24 hours, Metro—but got her start at community paper Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News. Beyond the written word, her interests include snowshoeing, raising her new puppy, indoor rock climbing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Program Manager, Speakers Bureau krista[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Krista Butler is responsible for Megaphone's supporter and donor development and organizing fundraising events. Krista holds a degree in both Psychology and Environmental Studies, with a background in health research and non-profit program development as well as frontline support work for those struggling with homelessness and addiction. She is passionate about spiritual health, social equity, and building community. In her spare time, Krista is a trauma-sensitive yoga teacher and end-of-life doula.
Vancouver Vendor Coordinator travis[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Victoria Vendor Coordinator
Matt has spent the last 10 years working with non-profit organizations in Vancouver, Montreal and Victoria. His primary focus has been housing and food security. He is especially interested in innovative ways to improve access to quality food, housing and income. He has contributed to the creation of fresh food markets, employment programs and housing projects for low-income individuals. Matt loves basketball and trips home to Prince Edward Island.
Will coordinates Megaphone's operations in Vancouver and Victoria. Will holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a BA in Art History. He has a background in social research and program management and focuses on contributing to initiatives that work to address social and health inequity. As a former Megaphone and Hope in Shadows volunteer, he is excited to be contributing full time. In his off time, Will enjoys skateboarding, fishing, riding his bike, and eating delicious food with his partner.
Interim Managing Editor
For the past two decades, Paula Carlson has worked as an editor and reporter at various newspapers throughout the Lower Mainland, contributing stories and stick-handling special projects that have won more than 50 industry awards for news, feature and opinion writing, page layout and design. Her work has appeared across B.C. and Canada. Having been personally affected by many of the issues that are the focus of Megaphone, she’s also explored deeper spiritual pursuits, and is a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher.
Greta Shuting Lin
Communications & Development Coordinator
Greta was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. She moved to Vancouver in 2013 to pursue her degree in Marketing at the University of British Columbia. In her second year of University, she got the opportunity to participate in an internship program in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, and she fell in love with DTES ever since.
She has been living and loving the Downtown Eastside since 2016, committing her daily life to serve the most vulnerable populations in Vancouver. When she is not working at Megaphone, she organises the Strathcona Artisan Market to provide low-barrier vending spaces to low-income artists. She is also a lover of good food, and you'll most likely find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen.