Our Team

Katie McCallum


Katie joined the Community Engagement office as an Advisor in 2013, and has been managing the team since 2017. As Manager, Katie sets direction and supports a lean team with great ambitions where equity and justice are at the core of our purpose. In her role, she develops and executes university wide programming and strategies to advance reciprocal community-university engagement. She also supports and coordinates administrative leads across the institution around a central engagement table.

Before joining UBC, Katie worked across urban, rural, remote and Northern BC in social research, evaluation, planning and proposal writing in the non-profit sector. She is honoured to have worked with many different communities on issues relating to immigration, housing, Indigenous community planning, food security, climate action and the opioid overdose crisis.

Katie holds a Master of Arts in Geography from UBC.

Kat Cureton


I joined the CE team in 2016. I am an advisor on community-university partnerships. My role is to help community partners navigate UBC and find helpful people, programs, and resources. I also co-lead the Community Engagement Network. Before joining the CE office, I was a sessional instructor in the School of Kinesiology where I taught a community-engaged learning course for three years. I spent a number of years working in non-profit organizations in Vancouver, like AMSSA, Red Fox Healthy Living Society, and Collingwood Neighbourhood House, which is where I built my knowledge of community engagement. I have a M.A. from UBC and a B.A. from Western University, both in kinesiology.

Ask me about: If you are a community partner interested in exploring partnership opportunities with the university and don’t know where to start, let’s chat!

Ryan Brown


Ryan works with the Community Engagement team and on- and off-campus stakeholders to foster innovative and progressive community-university engagement policy, strategic planning and implementation. With a background in social policy research and analysis, Ryan prioritizes a focus on mutual benefit for university and community partners, a balanced approach to qualitative and quantitative understanding, and a commitment to collaboration as a key support for ethical decision-making and change.

Ryan holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Social Policy Analysis from Simon Fraser University, where he researched the effects of neonatal care and biomedical approaches to childbirth in Canadian hospitals. After completing graduate studies, Ryan worked with the Government of Ontario to support the co-development and implementation of the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy. His work on the Strategy included the co-creation of a performance measurement framework in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations.

Holly Kim

Operations and Program Coordinator

I joined the Community Engagement team in 2017, and my role is to manage the day-to-day functioning of the unit and the administration of the funding programs (CUES and PRF). I support other areas of the operations including finance and budgeting, project management and human resources. When I am not in the Community Engagement office, I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with my private practice. Before joining UBC, I worked for a large bank and managed branches.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UBC and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.

Ask me about: CUES and PRF funding programs, finance, budgeting and HR

Zoé Kruchten

CUES Program Manager

I joined the Community Engagement unit part-time in November 2020 to manage the Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) fund. Prior to joining UBC, I worked for an international NGO in Belgium for the promotion of cycling as a mode of transportation, as a researcher in applied economics studying decision-making and co-creation methodologies, and as a bike mechanic. I have a Master of Science in International Business Economics and Management from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with a thesis on multi-actor multi-criteria analysis and cycle highways.

Ask me about: Funding for community-university partnerships, fund design and process.     

Julie Gordon

Communications Strategist

Julie joined the Community Engagement office in 2020 to provide strategic and communications support to the team. In this role, she helps articulate core messaging about Community Engagement, showcase stories of community-UBC collaborations, and amplify partner voices. She also supports team members with their day-to-day and longer term communications goals. Prior to joining UBC Community Engagement, Julie worked as a communicator and strategist in UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative office. Before that she created and nurtured a values-driven communications company, and brings to the role three decades of experience working with non-profit sector and Indigenous communities and organizations. Julie derives fulfillment from helping people and groups express their unique visions and connect with their audiences to influence positive change.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Environmental Studies from Guelph University and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Simon Fraser University.


Michelle Lam

Communications and Engagement Assistant

Michelle is joining the Community Engagement office this summer as a Work Learn student. She supports the goal of helping community groups navigate the university by assisting with Help Desk requests. Additionally, she helps with communications initiatives including website development. Prior to this role, Michelle completed two co-op terms as an Online Support Technician at a local college. Michelle will be graduating this fall with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and hopes to pursue a career that positively impacts the well-being of individuals and communities.