Rowena is a proud Bramptonian inspired by community and driven by a passion to change the culture of politics to move our city forward. She was elected in 2018, and is the first Filipino elected to Council in Brampton.
Rowena holds a BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business, and a Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Planning from the London School of Economics, UK.
Prior to being elected she worked at the provincial legislature for over a decade, most recently as a Director, and has mentored countless youth to be politically active across the GTA.
Before politics Rowena worked in a number of top tier corporations: systems management at Magna; financial analysis at the Royal Bank; and brand management with General Mills. She was also the Program Manager of Corporate Citizenship with Imagine Canada, and Executive Director of Emagine – working with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at the Centre for Social Innovation.
Rowena is a community leader known for her grassroots organizing, ability to engage, and bring people together. Over the years she has volunteered as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations including Equal Voice, Brampton Focus, Neighbourhood Watch Brampton, and Stand UP for Brampton.
Rowena was raised in Brampton and is raising her son in Wards 1&5. She believes in living a healthy and active lifestyle. Rowena is an avid outdoor person who regularly runs and bikes the Etobicoke Creek Trail and works out at the local YMCA.