Bringing people together effectively to support a shared goal is my best day at work. At Grayhawk I do this with successful families across generations as well as with advisors and other partners. I have the privilege of ensuring family members access customized resources that suit their needs as individuals and support their goals as part of a family working hard to leave a legacy.
Lesley MacKinnon is the Philanthropy Specialist, Liaison, Family Office, leading family philanthropy programs and providing direct support to Family Office advisors and clients for the delivery of outsourced family office services. Born and raised in Calgary, Lesley began her career as a Parliamentary Page in Canada’s House of Commons (with many thanks to her French Immersion education) and stayed in Ottawa to complete both a BA (Honours) in Global Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies and an MA in Political Economy from Carleton University. She also completed a certification in international microfinance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management after an internship in Bangladesh at the Grameen Bank.
Following five years of research spanning topics such as social finance and impact investing, social innovation, and community change in Ottawa and Calgary, Lesley moved into the non-profit sector as part of the donor relations team at United Way of Calgary and area. For three years she managed the giving portfolios of high net worth philanthropists investing in the causes that are most important to them and their families. In addition to contributing to many ongoing initiatives that benefit the Calgary community, this work uncovered a passion for collaborating with successful families to achieve their goals across generations. She joined Grayhawk after a year leading the Fig Tree Foundation, a small charitable foundation supporting Calgary-based international development organizations.
With inescapable roots in the community, Lesley currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Alberta and as an advisor with a development project in Tanzania. She continues a lifelong passion for reading and journaling alongside a rotating list of creative outlets that spans furniture upcycling to painting and photography. She loves to travel for amazing concerts and hopes to enjoy an international yoga retreat soon. In the meantime, she will continue exploring the city with her dog and taking advantage of extra time with her family.