About the Facilitator
Risa Payant (she/her) was raised in rural Saskatchewan and returned to Treaty 4 territory after completing her education at the University of British Columbia. With over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is passionate about supporting nonprofit leadership in developing strategic, sustainable, and just approaches to their work. Her holistic approach to nonprofit health champions progressive governance, team building, crisis management, public and private fund development, public engagement, and programming.
Prior to joining the Ivy + Dean Consulting team as Chief Operations Officer and Principal Consultant in 2023, Risa contributed to Saskatchewan’s vibrant arts scene through positions at SK Arts, the Regina Folk Festival, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. From 2015 to 2023, her leadership capacities were refined through subsequent Executive Director roles at Common Weal Community Arts and Planned Parenthood Regina. Risa is an active volunteer who currently serves as Treasurer of Briarpatch Magazine and President of the Regina Folk Festival.