Melinda M. Steenbergen

Headshot2I am a policy professional in Edmonton, Alberta. Providing issues management and policy development, I bring creativity and strategic vision to my work. My expertise includes complex policy research, analysis and advice, as well as effective communications for internal and external  audiences.

Interested in public debate and social policy, I began my career as a public servant because I genuinely care about responsible and open government. University allowed me to study political and economic systems and I went on to work on Parliament Hill and at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta where I participated in the inner workings of political power. In my current work with Government of Alberta, I am eager to contribute to a world where policies are effectively communicated and an open dialogue is encouraged between people and our government.

I’m currently pursuing a Master’s in Communication and Technology through the University of Alberta. My research focuses on how use of online platforms and collaborative technology influences political discourse and public engagement in policy development.

When I’m not obsessively reading the news or researching tech trends, I try to go outside. Biking to work has become a compulsory cathartic start to my day. Long weekends mean long treks through the river valley and Rockies. I’ve chosen to live in a neighbourhood where everything I need to survive is within walking or biking distance—like Duchess Bakeshop, MEC and Italian Centre. I’m an aspiring gardener, an enthusiastic Edmontonian and an engaged member of my community.

Please feel free to check out my resume, portfolio and interests. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for me, send me an email.