Alyssa Brierly

Executive Director, National Institute on Ageing

Alyssa Brierley is a lawyer and public policy professional with more than a decade of experience in public policy, legal service and operations management. She was most recently the executive director at the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), Canada’s leading non-profit organization focused on advancing the right to housing. Over her four years in the post, she led the organization through a significant period of growth and transition that included a national expansion, organizational rebranding, and significant expansion of its research, policy advocacy, strategic litigation and services work.

Prior to joining CERA, Alyssa served as the health, social, justice and labour policy advisor to the President of the Treasury Board of Ontario, and as Director of Policy to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Alyssa has also worked as a legal research and communications advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, a lawyer and policy analyst at the Ontario College of Teachers and a Lecturer at Toronto Metropolitan University, and she completed her articles at Torys LLP.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master’s degree in Political Science from York University, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.