Lechin Lu is the Alumna-in-Residence at the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She was the project lead of the Gender Analytics program and a GATE MBA Student Fellow in 2018.
Lechin leads the Translator in Context project at the Criterion Institute, an activist think tank focused on using finance as a tool for social change. Her work focuses on building a translation function bridging between the knowledge of gender and finance to improve gender analysis in the impact investing and social finance processes.
Lechin brings in over ten years of experience in community-based research, project management, strategic partnerships, and stakeholder engagement. She is a seasoned Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consultant with experience working with the National Research Council Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and several grassroots organizations on inclusive program design.
Lechin is also an active community organizer and volunteer. She has served as a mentor of the University of Toronto Women’s Association, led community advocacy campaigns for equitable healthcare in Toronto’s immigrant communities, facilitated anti-racism, anti-oppression training, and helped establish the first social-worker led family counselling centre in southern China.
Lechin holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary, specializing in international development.