National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada
Melissa Bruno started her political career with the NDP working in the late Jack Layton’s office in 2008. She is currently the National Director of the New Democratic Party of Canada. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff to Jagmeet Singh, Deputy Leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party from 2012 until 2017.As an executive in government administration, her expertise includes strategic development, policy research, political campaigns, communication and media relations.
Having worked politically at all levels of government, Ms. Bruno has a proven track record of successfully managing strategic-issue based campaigns that shape Canadian public policy across all tiers. She believes that she must practices the policy aspirations she preaches in her every day work. She has prioritized youth and women as well as racialized people in leadership positions and successfully incorporated the use of digital technology into winning campaign strategies. Her innovative campaign tactics led to her being recruited as a campaign manager across Canada and in the United States as part of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign in West Denver, Colorado.
Before moving to Ottawa, Ms. Bruno developed and implemented an advocacy program that won the gold MarCom award, an international creative competition that recognizes achievements of marketing and communication professionals during her time working at the OPSEU Pension Fund.
Ms. Bruno has an honours bachelor’s degree in Social Work from York University, and a post-graduate certificate from the University of Toronto in Publicity and Public Relations.