Toronto-based Alexandra De Gasperis was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors in July 2019.
Alexandra’s community involvement began at a young age when she co-founded and became Executive Director of the Burgundy Brick Foundation (BBF) in 2007. The BBF supports affordable housing and initiatives to combat youth homelessness in Ontario. In 2011, BBF was chosen to be a Women’s Build Ambassador by Habitat GTA – something for which Alexandra is very proud since she is a dedicated supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
Alexandra graduated with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from Western University in 2010 before obtaining her law degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2013.
She practiced in the area of municipal and land-use planning law for six years prior to entering the development industry. She is currently the Vice President of DECO Communities, a real-estate development firm committed to building complete, sustainable and livable communities in Toronto and the GTA.
In her youth, Alexandra studied music and dance and has carried her love of the arts into all aspects of her life. She regularly frequents musical performances, theatre, and art galleries and she and her husband enjoy collecting art from young emerging artists. Alexandra is passionate about city building, art and design and firmly believes that these disciplines must interact to create vibrant communities.