Born and raised in Toronto, Gracia is an educator, fundraiser and arts and culture professional. Most recently, she was the Programming Director for Friends of the Pan Am Path, working on Toronto’s largest Host City Showcase project for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Prior to the Games, she worked for the Montreal Life Stories Project, and co-authored Mapping Memories: Participatory Media, Placed-Based Stories and Refugee Youth. In 2012 she produced the Montreal Life Stories Rencontres, a series of 48 events that took place throughout the city to disseminate the life stories of newcomers and refugees to Quebec. The Rencontres included a year long exhibit at the Centre d’histoire in Montreal.
She holds a BA in Cultural Studies and World Religions from McGill University and a MA in Media Studies from Concordia University.
Her parents and grandparents immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in the 1970s by way of London, Italy, France, New York and Los Angeles.