Rajesh brings multidisciplinary experience gained by working in a spectrum of city and community-building roles. He’s worked at the City of Toronto for three years, starting out as part of the Toronto Urban Fellows Program where he tackled large and complex strategic projects like Toronto’s Digital Infrastructure Plan and the Automated Vehicles Strategy. Following his time as an Urban Fellow, he moved on to the Parks, Forestry and Recreation department where he worked as a Senior Consultant in the Community Engagement Unit, using an approach located at the nexus of participatory design, community placemaking and design-thinking to translate user insights into strategy development and into the built environment
In this role, Rajesh has co-developed equity initiatives that center the lived experiences and voices of Toronto’s diverse urban stakeholders, while fostering collaborative environments that generate values of reciprocity and sustainability, and meaningful partnerships. He has played a pivotal role in leading resident-centric and inclusive community consultations for parks and facilities in Toronto, including the recent redesign of St. James Town West Park, Market Lane Park Improvements, and the Toronto Island Master Plan. Throughout his career spanning multiple levels of government, he’s been able to collaborate and brainstorm with talented, intelligent and innovative colleagues that have coached him on becoming a responsible, strategic, and creative leader.
Rajesh is also an avid Survivor fan (he’s applied twice… third time’s the charm?), likes to play Settlers of Catan with his friends, and values kindness, mentorship, and curiosity.