Meet the Executives

USGSA  Executives

Danielle DeVries – President

DDeVries Danielle 04lranielle DeVries is a Master of Urban Studies Student at SFU completing her thesis on the demographic changes around SkyTrain stations from 1981 to 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, through which she specialized in active transportation and has worked on several research projects around physical activity, bicycling, and transit connections to health.

She also works at TransLink as the
Assistant Transportation Planner on the Transit Network Management team. In 2015, she was actively involved as a student speaker promoting a YES! Vote in the transportation plebiscite and has been closely following transit in the region ever since. She previously worked as a development planner in Durban, South Africa, where she helped implement projects from theInner City Local Area Plan.

Jordan Booth – Treasurer


Kate Elliot – Secretary

screen-shot-2017-01-12-at-5-27-38-amBC born and raised, Kate has a background in non-profit health and public education. Her favourite place to be is in a kayak on the ocean. Enrolled in SFU’s Urban Studies program since 2015, Kate has served as Secretary and is now Treasurer of the USGSA. Her interests include urban walkability and public green spaces.

She is co-creator of a mobile food security project (Gro-Carts), and has been seen wheeling grocery cart gardens through neighbourhoods in Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver. She is interested in the role grocery carts play in the urban ecology.


Yida Lin – Director of External Relations

Yida Lin is an urban map enthusiast who enjoys collecting street maps of various cities around the world. Before becoming an Urbster, Yida has previously worked as a cartographic assistant at International Travel Maps and Books in Richmond where he helped edit maps of cities such as Vancouver, Boston, and Barcelona.

His current academic focus is on suburban form and housing, a topic that was introduced to him in his first Urban Studies class. After completing field school in Germany this summer, Yida is proud to have travelled to seven countries as of September 2017 (not as many as other Urbsters but still) and tries to practice his foreign languages, like French and Russian, when possible.

GSS Councillor – Joan Chamunorwa