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


I joined the Community Engagement team in 2017 with the aim of supporting innovative and progressive community-university engagement at UBC. My focus is on creating infrastructure, programs, tools and other resources that can drive mutually beneficial and reciprocal collaborations with community partners.

Prior to joining Community Engagement I was a research analyst with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Ontario, helping to co-develop an Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy. I was privileged to work closely with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit partners to co-create a culturally appropriate outcomes framework that acknowledges, respects and empowers Indigenous ways of knowing in telling a story of wellness with Indigenous children, families and communities.

I hold a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology and a Post-Baccalaureate in Social Policy Analysis from Simon Fraser University, where I explored the interplay of biopolitics and affect in childbirth experiences in British Columbia.

Ask me about: community-university engagement programs, policies, and planning at UBC.

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.     

Oliver Mann

Communications Strategist

I joined in February 2022 and support the team with communications and the promotion of our various initiatives. I also create stories that demonstrate the value of reciprocal community-university engagement at UBC and beyond.

I have a decade of experience working in communications at the university and creating digital content for clients and projects. I am a generalist. I can develop communications plans and social media campaigns, write stories and film videos, build websites and analytics reports, and more.

Ask me about: Communications and creating stories about community-university engagement.