I have worked side-by-side with Gail Picco as we sought to bring about change in Regent Park, Canada’s oldest public housing project, a project that today leads the world in inner city transformation.
The past 25 years that she has been working in the charitable sector, Gail has been one of its leading practitioners and one of the most progressive thinkers we have.
Gail dares to challenge the charitable sector to dig deep and evaluate its objectives and measures of success.
Gail Picco, an award-winning charity strategist, author, editor and writer, is the editor in chief of The Charity Report and has her own publishing imprint – Gail K. Picco – under Civil Sector Press.
Civil Sector Press published her latest book, Cap in Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World in 2017. Her first novel, What the Enemy Thinks: A Beck Carnell Novel was published in 2015 by iUniverse. She is working on a new book Disconnect: The Gap Between Charity and Justice due to be released in November 2020.
She has worked within the charity sector for 30 years. For 16 years, she ran her own consulting company Gail Picco Associates. Although a majority of her work has been at a senior level with charities and non-profits that have significant fundraising, relationship building and communications mandates, she has also devoted a great deal of attention to developing impact strategies for community-based organizations. She served two terms as Chair of the Regent Park Film Festival.
She began her career at Interval House, a shelter for abused women and children, where she spent eight years as a counsellor.