Elaina Mack is Engagement and Evaluation Director for the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and founder of ChildThrive, a burgeoning social enterprise arm of IICRD. She has more than 10 years of experience in bringing a cross-section of children, youth, parents, community organizations, business people, academics and government officials together to support young people to thrive. She focuses her energy on three areas: 1) child and youth participation in community development, 2) child protection system building, especially through maternal/pre-natal programming as well as 3) innovative learning, research and evaluation approaches. She has produced and/or co-edited several guidebooks, funder reports, websites, and videos through collaborating with partners, researchers and artists. Elaina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications as well as a Masters degree in Public Administration (International Development), where her fieldwork in Tanzania was published in The Participation Reader (2011). As a part-time employee, Elaina spends most of her time supporting her own children’s rights through parenting her two children – Charlotte and Sebastian – with her partner, James in Victoria, British Columbia.
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