Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Women in Cities International. Its role is to provide leadership and oversight of WICI activities. It also sets the direction and priorities of WICI. The Board of Directors strives to represent community-based women’s groups, policy makers and researchers. At least five of the seven volunteer board members are Canadian citizens and an effort is made to include one member from each of the WICI founding cities of Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto and Vancouver. The Board of Directors is elected by members of WICI for two year renewable terms. If you are interested in becoming a WICI member, please click here to learn more.


Barbara  Holtmann, President

Barbara Holtmann is a process facilitator, working primarily with fragile system transformations. After three years as Project Director at Business against Crime in the mid-nineties, Barbara served as Chief Director of Communications for the Secretariat of Safety and Security. Thereafter, Barbara led research into the development of community safety approaches at the Council for Scientifc and Industrial Research (CSIR) for 10 years.  She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management and a Master of Management (P&DM) degree from the Wits School of Public and Development Management. Her research was the basis of the formation of the Action for a Safe South Africa (AFSSA) initiative in 2008 and Barbara was a founding member of AFSSA. In response to her work, she was the recipient of the Ann van Dyk Applied Research Award 2010. Barbara is Vice President of the Canadian-based International Centre for Prevention of Crime (ICPC).  Barbara is the author of the book What it looks like when it’s fixed published by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in 2011.


Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, Secretary

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University on unceded Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory, Vancouver, Canada. She completed a master’s in public policy (2002), followed by a doctorate in geography with a certificate in feminist studies (2008) from the University of Minnesota. Her research examines urban inequalities and inclusion strategies, especially those targeting women and LGBTQ2S communities. She is committed to collaborative and community-based approaches to researching and responding to urban change. Tiffany held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair from 2012-2015 and has served on the board of Women in Cities International since 2012. 

margaretMargaret Shaw, Treasurer

Margaret Shaw PhD is a sociologist and criminologist working as an independent consultant, and formerly Director of Analysis and Exchange at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in Montréal, Canada. She worked as a research and policy advisor for over 20 years in the Home Office, England, and in Canada, in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University, Montréal, and as a Research Consultant to the Federal and provincial and municipal governments on issues including women’s imprisonment, evaluation, restorative justice, and policing. She joined ICPC in 1999, and has undertaken many reviews and comparative reports on international strategies and practice in crime prevention, including the role of local government and women’s safety. She has worked closely with UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme on issues of youth at risk, and youth participation and urban governance, and with UNODC on the development of the Crime Prevention Assessment Tool and Handbook on the UN Crime Prevention Guidelines. She helped organize the workshops on crime prevention for the 11th and 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2005, and Salvador, Brazil in April 2010, and is one of the five coeditors of Building Inclusive Cities published by Earthscan/Routledge in 2012.


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Cathy Hillman, Member

An urban architect who uses restorative, and inclusive design practises that expand the capacity of public spaces, ecological sites and built environments to generate positive social change. As the president of UN Women-USNC LA she oversees the Women’s Cross Cultural Exchange (WCCE) and Safe Cities LA (SCLA) an initiative which has established a meaningful space for inclusive and collaborative efforts such as transit audits and safety walks to ensure the wellbeing of women and girls in local urban spaces. Cathy is the Director of ‘Green Our Walls’ a grassroots effort to make our communities safer and healthier by maximizing the productivity of urban walls in the built environment with living walls and vertical gardens. Cathy’s multifaceted experiences and expertise in urban architecture, disaster recovery and research in gendered spaces offer a unique perspective on global and local challenges. Cathy has dedicated her life’s work to empowering women to organize and become truly active participants in reclaiming and re-imagining their own communities.

Miranda Sculthorp, Member

Miranda Sculthorp is an urban research analyst, who is passionate about developing and applying approaches for more gender-equal urban planning and cities. In her current position at OpenNorth, Miranda works with municipal governments and city agents for increased transparency and public participation, through the strategic planning of open data platforms. She aims to bring together critical perspectives on urban data collection and the use of technology, for more open and inclusive cities.

Miranda has been involved in WICI since 2017, as a volunteer for the Right to Campus Campaign and as a Project Coordinator. She initiated and carried forward a project to apply the women’s safety audit tool to metro stations in Laval, to support safer public spaces and transit for women and girls. As a Master’s of Urban planning student at McGill University, Miranda studied urban service provision in Indian metropolises, where she gained a strong appreciation for women’s roles in household water management. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Economics and French from the University of Ottawa.

Jennifer Salahub, Member

Jennifer Erin Salahub is a Canadian public servant who works on issues of security and development. She has more than a decade of experience as a researcher and research manager on topics ranging from urban violence, poverty, and inequalities, to gender equality in fragile states, and women in policing. Jennifer has held leadership positions at Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the North-South Institute. Jennifer is the co-editor of Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities (Routledge, 2018). Her MA in Political Science (International Relations) is from McGill University.

Jennifer Erin Salahub est fonctionnaire canadienne qui travaille sur les questions de sécurité et développement. Elle détient plus d’une décade d’expérience comme chercheure et gestionnaire de recherche portant sur les thèmes telles que la violence, la pauvreté et les inégalités urbains, l’egalité des genres dans les états fragiles, et les femmes policières dans le reforme du secteur de sécurité. Jennifer a occupé des positions de leadership chez le Centre de Recherches pour le Développement Internationale du Canada et l’Institut Nord-Sud. Jennifer est corédactrice de Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities (Routledge, 2018). Son Master en Sciences politiques (Relations internationales) est de l’Université McGill.

Jeanne Marie Verdugo Oviedo, Member

Jeanne Marie Verdugo Oviedo es geógrafa y Master en Urbanismo de la Universidad de Chile. Desde inicios de los 90 participa en el diseño y gestión de la institucionalidad ambiental de Chile y en la integración de políticas públicas ambientales urbanas desde la perspectiva municipal, regional y nacional.

Ha sido también consultora ambiental para varias empresas, sin embargo, su vocación está en el servicio público, donde se ha desempeñado, en los últimos 22 años, en el Ministerio de Vivienda y Urbanismo de Chile.

A inicios de este siglo participó en el desarrollo e integración del enfoque de género en las políticas, programas y proyectos urbanos, y en los últimos nueve años ha estado a cargo de generar espacios de capacitación, metas gubernamentales y desarrollo de proyectos junto a profesionales y comunidades locales, para integrar ese enfoque de género en los programas de regeneración urbana a escala de barrio. A partir de esta experiencia se ha logrado avanzar en ir incluyendo en la planificación urbana participativa, un enfoque de género, que invita a conversar a hombres y mujeres de distintas edades en la construcción progresiva de sus espacios públicos, viviendas, barrios y ciudades desde una mirada incluyente e integradora para todas y todos.

Jeanne Marie Verdugo Oviedo is a geographer and master in Urban Planning at the University of Chile. Since the early 1990s, he has participated in the design and management of Chile’s environmental institutions and in the integration of urban environmental public policies from the municipal, regional and national perspective.

She has also been an environmental consultant for several companies, however, her vocation is in the public service, where she has worked, in the last 22 years, in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning of Chile.

At the beginning of this century she participated in the development and integration of the gender approach in urban policies, programs and projects, and in the last nine years she has been in charge of generating training spaces, government goals and development of projects together with professionals and local communities, to integrate this gender approach into urban regeneration programs at the neighborhood scale.

Based on this experience, progress has been made in including in participatory urban planning, a gender approach, which invites men and women of different ages to talk about the progressive construction of their public spaces, homes, neighborhoods and cities for an inclusive look for everyone.

Rosa Pires, Member