Funke is an energetic, innovative, and award-winning human working to continuously deliver cutting edge collaborative practice by leading from the margins to promote a holistic approach to issues impacting individuals, systems, and policies to bring about transformative and equitable change.
She is a seasoned c-suite executive, Intercultural Relationship Facilitator and Educator working to highlight the complex intersecting realities of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and families. Funke has over fifteen years of extensive work experience in the social service industry working with diverse populations and sectors in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta where she has continuously promoted equity in policy and practice that have led to transformational relationships between individuals and within systems.
In 2020, Funke was named Top 40 under 40 for her continued work in influencing policy and practice across various sectors in Alberta. Funke's contribution in the teaching and education space has also earned her a Jaye Fredrickson Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 Nomination. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
She is the current Executive Director of The Ribbon Rouge Foundation and the Co-founder of Hexagon Wellness Solutions. Funke also serves on the Boards of the Bredin Centre for Career Advancement, Black Business Ventures Association (BBVA) and is the convener of an Ethnocultural Community Leadership Circle.
Funke joined the Bredin Board in 2021 and sits on the Governance & Human Resources committee.