Digital Fundraising Manager, Bernie 2016
Michael is the Digital Fundraising Manager for Bernie 2016 and a Senior Campaign Strategist at Revolution Messaging. Michael previously worked at Change.org, where he lead the team responsible for email campaigning in the United States. He also lead the team running the campaign started by Trayvon Martin’s parents calling for the arrest of their son’s killer. Michael previously worked with progressive political blog Firedoglake, leading campaigning around whistleblower advocacy, workers’ rights and safety, and marijuana legalization. He came up through the labor movement at SEIU and the workers’ rights nonprofit American Rights at Work. Michael got his start in online organizing as the co-founder of Generation Dean, Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign’s young voter organizing effort. Michael has a degree in documentary photography and political science from American University.
Women's land rights campaigner, ActionAid
Catherine is an environmental scientist by profession, with a Masters for Environmental Sciences degree from Australian National University. She is working with ActionAid international, as the International policy manager- land Agriculture and natural resources, and acting as the international campaigns manager- Landfor leading the work on expanding women’s access to and control over land and Natural resources. Catherine has also be responsible for representing the organization in international discourses related to land and Natural resources. Catherine also sits on the boards of the Land Policy initiative of the African Union, the Kenya land Alliance, and the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action. Previously, Catherine worked as Deputy National Coordinator at Kenya Land Alliance between 2004 and 2010, which she had joined from Forest Action Network where she had worked as Programme Officer from 1997 to 2004
Digital Director, Hillary for America
Jenna Lowenstein is the Digital Director at Hillary for America, where she leads the team that is using technology, design, video, email, and other content to help elect the first female president of the United States. Prior to joining the campaign, Jenna served as VP of Digital at EMILY’s List, Deputy Digital Director for the Democratic National Committee, and Deputy Digital Director for Terry McAuliffe’s successful campaign for governor of Virginia. She also held six or seven hundred different jobs at the social good start-up Change.org, where she helped grow a community of more than fifty million people worldwide who want to see change — and then connect them with the tools they need to make that change happen.
Director of Digital Strategies, AFL-CIO
Nicole is the Director of Digital Strategies at the AFL-CIO. She was previously the Online Organising Manager at the Sunlight Foundation. Nicole managed development and implementation of online tools used by Organizing for America field staff and volunteers, including Neighbor to Neighbor and My.BarackObama.com. She held a range of roles with Obama for America coordinating volunteers, and training staff. Nicole also managed and prepared slates of potential nominees for legal positions in the Obama Administration as part of the Presidential Transition.
VP Analytics, Global Strategy Group
Emily has worked at the intersection of communications, digital, research, and analytics for nearly 10 years. In her role at GSG, she is part of a team that leverages new techniques in predictive modeling, data science, and analytics. Emily’s experience includes traditional consulting in corporate environments, electoral politics and data science. She started off her career working at McKinsey & Company specializing in consumer insights and predictive modeling. In 2010, she took that experience to the Democratic National Committee where she oversaw analytics and polling for all targeted races in the west and southwest regions. She left the DNC only to become a founding member of Obama’s 2012 analytics team heading national constituency analytics and finishing the cycle as the Data Director in Colorado. Following the election, she took on the role of Data and Analytics Director for KIPP, a charter school network. Emily recently completed a Masters of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, while simultaneously consulting on a variety of analytics projects for clients, including the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, Oscar Health, EMILY’s List, the AFL-CIO, and Hillary for America. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.
Project Manager Community Organising, Ko Awatea
Alexandra Nicholas is Project Manager, community organising trainer and coach at Ko Awatea, Centre for Health Improvement and Innovation Auckland, New Zealand.Her organising work is focused on issues of social justice and equity for Pacific and indigenous New Zealand Māori youth. Most recently, she was lead organiser of ‘Handle the Jandal,’ a by-youth, for-youth campaign unleashing Pacific and Māori youth leadership to enhance mental health and wellbeing. Alex has presented her work and led community organising trainings in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand contributing to global learning on the impact of social mobilisation and organising as an approach to working with communities to create health.
Community Organising Manager, Environment Victoria
Jane manages the Community Organising program at Environment Victoria, state based environment charity that works on energy transitions to tackle global warming and campaigns to protect nature. They have a community of 350 volunteers and 70,000 supporters across the state, and work together to build community power in areas that matter politically and to use that power to get good policy outcomes for climate and our environment. They are using the community power they’ve built to pressure the Victorian state government to increase the ambition of their climate plan. They want to make sure that Hazelwood closes soon and in a way that support the working community in the Latrobe Valley, and want to make sure there is a plan that includes strong pollution cuts and planned closure of all 4 of our big power stations.
Media and Communications Manager, People with Disability Australia
El Gibbs is the Media and Communications Manager for People with Disability Australia. She is also an award winning writer, who specialises in social policy and disability issues. She has worked in politics and the community sector for two decades in communications. She’s on twitter @bluntshovels and has an unhealthy interest in Senate Committees.
Lead Organiser, Sydney Alliance
David is the Lead Organiser at the Sydney Alliance. The Alliance brings diverse Sydneysiders from religious, community and union organisations to organise on issues of the common good – affordable housing, public transport, protecting weekends, refugees and climate justice. David has been with the Sydney Alliance for 6 years and with over ten years of community organising is an experienced professional working for social change and organisational renewal. Before the Alliance, David was President of the UTS Union Board, then the National Union of Students. As National President he campaigned in Australia and India to secure the 2009 reforms of International student rights and won increases to youth allowance for rural and poor students. David plays a leadership role within the Uniting Church, sits on the NSW Synod Standing Committee and is an elder at Leichhardt Uniting. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies. He is a nostalgic Coastie.
Advocacy Development and Networks Officer (Community Organiser), Cancer Council NSW
Carolyn ‘shows the love’ to the Cancer Council’s volunteer community advocates. She has a background in social work and training. She previously worked as the training coordinator with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. A recent career highlight was the successful campaign to get NSW government to abolish co-payments on chemotherapy drugs, a $76 million commitment.
Manager of Community Organising & Outreach, WWF Australia
In 2015 Reece was chair of the Sydney Organising Committee for the People’s Climate March – the largest and most diverse of its kind ever held in Sydney. Reece first began campaigning on climate change during the years he spent working in community development in the Kingdom of Tonga. Since joining WWF in 2012, he has focused on new strategies to engage, support and organise non-traditional allies on climate change, including the Faith community, Health sector, Pacific Islander community, Farming community and Firefighting community. He is passionate about exploring the ways behavioural economics, digital mobilising and relational organising can work together to broaden and strengthen participation in democracy.
Head of Communications, Greenpeace NZ
Nick Young is the head of communications for Greenpeace NZ, where he's worked for 15 years leading digital and online mobilisation. He joined Greenpeace after pioneering online activism in New Zealand with the Native Forest Action campaign, which worked to stop the logging of old-growth forests on New Zealand’s West Coast. As well as being a dedicated practitioner of digital campaign judo, he’s hung off ship’s anchor chains, blockaded buildings, crossed oceans on Greenpeace ships, and travelled to the Arctic and Subantarctic, all the while using digital media to communicate, inspire and mobilise.
Executive Director, Essential
Peter Lewis is the Executive Director of Essential, one of Australia’s leading strategic communications companies. Peter has more than 20 years experience in the media and worked as a journalist and political adviser before establishing his own consultancy. He is responsible for Essential’s Digital and Innovation teams, and has driven a range of ground-breaking projects including digital campaigns like Every Australian Counts campaign for the NDIS and the Never Alone campaign for the Luke Batty Foundation. Peter works with the Essential Research team to produce the weekly Essential Report and is called upon extensively as a political commentator.
Campaigns Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Foundation Australia
Cam is the campaigns co-ordinator with Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia, a global network of grassroots groups active in more than 70 countries. After spending a decade working on national and international issues, he has spent the last five years focused on local campaigns against unconventional gas drilling in Victoria. FoE has recently helped secure the first permanent ban on unconventional gas drilling in Australia
Digital Community Engagement Planner, WWF Australia
Kate is a Digital Community Engagement Planner at WWF Australia who believes that change can’t be driven by a small few. She hopes to inspire and empowers others to take action to create effective social change.
Dan Ilic is one of most prolific voices in Australian media. Part comedian, part journalist, Dan calls himself an Investigative Humorist. He has been making television in Australia for ten years. His credits include: Australia’s Funniest Home Videos (Nine), The Olympic Show (NBC), The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), The Mansion (Comedy), Hungry Beast (ABC), Hamster Wheel (ABC), Can of Worms (Ten), The Feed (SBS2) as well as being a regular on comedy panel shows and news magazine programs. In 2015 Dan took up the role of Senior Satire producer AJ+ English, Al Jazeera’s digital platform for millennials. He returned to Australia later that year to develop digital video strategy for Fairfax Media’s largest news products. Later that year Dan was named by Fairfax Media’s Green Guide as a “digital disruptor” in their list of “Australian TV’s dealmakers and players.”.
Convenor, CANA Community Organising Hub
Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the 90's, and has since been an organiser/educator with the Trade Union movement. During this time she has worked for the NSW state public service union (PSA). and the council of trade unions (ACTU). Stephanie has also worked for the Sydney Alliance as a Community Organiser. Her most recent role was Organising Manager at the PSA, where she worked with her peers to transition the union to an organising focus. Stephanie has strong skills in facilitation, training, relationship building and mentoring and she is excited to be working with the climate movement to build and exercise power to create the change we want.
Advocacy Advisor and Campaign Coach
Anita is an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.
Blair Palese is co-founder and CEO of 350.org Australia, building a global movement to address the climate crisis. She has worked as Communications Director for Greenpeace International and as head of PR for The Body Shop, both in the UK. Prior to that, Blair was Communications Director for Greenpeace USA and worked for a number of media outlets. In Australia, she has worked for the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Planet Ark, the Climate Institute and the Pew Environment Group. She was editor-in-chief of Greenpages magazine and has consulted to a number of NSW Government sustainability programs and the Green Building Council.
Head of Campaigns, Oaktree
Tim is the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree - Australia's largest youth-run organisation building a movement to end poverty. An organiser at heart, Tim has played key advisory roles for two Senators, run national campaigns for a digital campaigning organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, led communications for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC. Tim is passionate about people-driven change, technology and the cartoon Bob's Burgers.
Associate Director, Essential
Tim O’Halloran is an Associate Director at Essential with 15 years’ experience advising listed companies, government ministers and leaders of the not-for-profit sector on communications strategy. Tim has also worked as a public policy adviser and Chief of Staff to government ministers at both state and federal levels. He currently manages Essential’s team of communications consultants supporting member-based organisations. His diversity of skills and experience developed in the public and private sectors provides a broad perspective on communications, campaigns, strategy, media and public policy.
Senior Data Scientist, Canva
Tiny Pang is Canva's lead scientist, where she wrangles huge volumes of data and user behaviour to sift out clues to find the most valuable areas to invest the team's time. She has worked across a range of Australia's most exciting startups as well as having researched data science and artificial intelligence at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about the power of data to help everyone in their everyday lives and enjoys equipping people with the skills to better understand the numbers around them.
Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA
Kate Lee is an organiser, campaigner and public policy advocate who has worked for unions and community organisations in Australia for 30 years. She has worked for Australian unions for 15 years and prior to that, helped organise refugee and migrant communities in Western Sydney and worked on policy campaigning towards employment rights, housing affordability, public transport and domestic violence in NSW. Kate is currently the Executive Officer of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, the global justice organisation of the Australian union movement. Kate believes in the collective power of communities – whether at work, neighbourhood or identity– as the key to unite us all for equality and justice, here at home and internationally.
Executive Director, The Parenthood
Having trained as an Educational Developmental Psychologist and worked in implementing child and youth health and mental health government policy, Jo brings a wealth of experience to her role as Executive Director. Jo is also a relatively new mum of daughter Gwenevieve.
Associate Director, Essential Media
Olivia is a communications specialist with more than seventeen years’ experience in public relations, media and issues management. She leads Essential’s team focused on non-government organisations, with strong expertise in disability support, aged care & environment. Before joining Essential in 2011, Olivia had over 10 years’ experience in senior communications roles in the NSW Government, including management of communications for a key Olympic Games site, and serving as Media Advisor to several NSW Ministers.
National Co-Director, SEED
Larissa is a woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and is the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaign to ban fracking in the Northern Territory and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaign. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Human Rights Co-director, GetUp!
Matthew Phillips is the Human rights co-director at GetUp! He leads the No Business in Abuse campaign which targets corporate involvement in mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and #LetThemStay which aims to prevent the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers to Nauru. Matt is a seasoned campaign manager with extensive experience at Oxfam Australia and Oxfam Great Britain on a placement to South Sudan.
In 2002 Katherine founded Futureye which provides market research, sustainable innovation, public policy, public affairs, risk communication, foresight and strategy and change management. Her pioneering social licence to operate methodology has improved the corporate responsibility for a broad range of industries including, food, water, energy, mining and pharmaceutical. In the past five years she has also founded WikiCurve that provides a two-way engagement platform on public policy. In 2015, Katherine was appointed as a Global Advisor for the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme and she is currently a mentor for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Young Innovators Fellowship Programme.
Senior Researcher, Essential
Dr. Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia’s foremost researchers on social and consumer trends. She has a background in publishing, academia and politics. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. For nearly 9 years Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest running social trends report, founded by Hugh Mackay. She is the author of numerous books - The World According to Y: Inside the New Adult Generation, Eating Between the Lines: food and equality in Australia, The Italian Girl and Does Cooking Matter? Rebecca is a regular contributor to essay collections, magazines, newspapers and online publications. She was a feature writer for Australian Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of RN Drive on a Friday. She is a sought after commentator on social trends on radio, in print and on television.
Senior Account Manager, Essential
Jessica is a Senior Account Manager in the Member-based Organisations Practice at Essential. Jess has thirteen years’ experience in public sector communications leadership, campaigning, policy and public affairs. She has been a speechwriter, media adviser and stakeholder specialist for a number of federal government agencies. Jess has designed and executed high-level stakeholder consultations on complex policy issues including enterprise bargaining, workplace productivity, employment contracting and young worker’s rights. Jess was previously a board member of TreeProject and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre. Before Essential Jess was a Communications Manager with WWF-Australia and oversaw the communications strategy, media relations and industry engagement for a national alliance of 40 environmental NGOs, (the Places You Love Alliance). Jess regularly presents for national campaign conferences and is a regular panelist on ABC radio’s Sunday Extra program.
Communications Director, Change.org
Gary has 11 years of communications and PR experience in the not-for-profit sector which has led him to his current position as Director of Communications for Change.org Change.org is the world’s biggest social change platform that empowers everyday people through online petitions. Starting his career as a Press Officer for Barnardo’s UK, Gary went on to manage communications at Stonewall, Europe’s largest gay equality campaigning organisation. He was responsible for promoting the campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools with the slogan: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ After that Gary was Communications Manager at Comic Relief, where he edited See Africa Differently - a news site, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - exclusively dedicated to telling the under-reported good news stories about Africa. When Gary moved to Australia, he became PR and Communications Manager for children’s cancer charity Camp Quality. During his time at Camp Quality, the charity climbed six places up the Charity Reputation Index from 12th to 6th - becoming the highest ranked children’s charity by reputation in Australia. In addition to his communications work, Gary is a journalist. He has written for The Guardian for eight years, the last two of which have seen him write a regular column for their Mind your language section. Gary also contributes regularly to Fairfax’s mastheads.
GROW Campaign Lead, Oxfam Australia
Ula Majewski is the Campaign Lead for Oxfam Australia’s food, climate and land justice work. For the past decade or so, she has worked as an advocate, campaigner, researcher and communicator within the environmental and international development sectors in Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific.
Director of Communications, National Disability Services
Katherine is responsible for the operations of the Every Australian Counts campaign – a grassroots movement that changed the social landscape of Australia through achieving the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. With the NDIS now underway Every Australian Counts is focused on engaging and educating the disability sector and wider Australian community about the benefits of the NDIS. When she’s not dreaming up the next campaign action, Katherine is making her life appear more glamorous than it is through an Instagram filter.
Frack Free Future Campaigner
Luke is an organiser deeply involved in the climate movement in Western Australia, with experience in a variety of environmental, social justice and union organising. Over recent years he's worked closely with community leaders across broad sections of society to build a more cohesive, representative and powerful climate movement in WA. Luke's been involved in a wide variety of organising moments since as early in his life as the Iraq War in 2003 - including the Occupy movement - but he had never been involved in anything which provides as much hope for the future as the movement currently being built around climate; both in WA and around the world.
Sally is a Vice-President of the ACTU directing the ACTU's campaigns. She was previously the Secretary and Organiser with the ASU in NSW for 22 years. During Sally's time as Secretary the ASU's membership grew from 9,500 to 12,000 members. She has led many successful campaigns in the private, public and community sectors including the first collective agreement in the work for IBM workers, a campaign preventing water privatisation and the Equal Pay campaign for community workers which was a seven year campaign that delivered between 18-40% pay increases for all workers. Sally has also run many online campaigns and she founded the Destroy the Joint movement.
Digital Communications Manager, Climate Council
Kirsten is the Digital Communications Manager at the Climate Council. Fresh out of uni, Kirsten cut her teeth in the advertising industry for four years, working on award-winning digital campaigns for all kinds of clients from telco’s to milk to laundry powder. Kirsten eventually bought her soul back and made the move to not-for-profit communications, firstly as a Social Media Specialist at CHOICE, Australia’s legendary consumer advocate – but again found the focus on laundry products too much to bear. Finding her passion in the climate sector, Kirsten is now responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Climate Council’s digital communications across web, social media and video – reaching an audience of 8 million people per month. Kirsten gets a kick out of translating complex science and research into engaging, creative content, and telling human stories to personalise climate change.
Senior Industry Manager, Global Business at Google Australia
Caroline McLean has been in the technology and digital industry for 13 years and currently manages a portfolio of Australia’s largest retailers at Google in their Global Business Operations. Caroline has recently completed her Masters from UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management where she topped her class in both capstone subjects: innovation and technology, and change management. Caroline’s background in start up, where she became the first angel investor of an online social book site, and previously with Fairfax Radio to develop the first digital radio portal in Australia, has lead her to have a wide scope of skills across technology, product development and building strong lasting partnerships. As Google’s lead Diplomat for Australia’s Google Not For Profit program and board member of the NFP KidsGive. In her spare time you will find Caroline playing Premier League Football (soccer) on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and mentoring the next generation of stars coming through the football ranks.
National Vice President, NUW
Gary Maas is the Victorian Branch Secretary and National Vice-President of the National Union of Workers (NUW). The NUW is a general workers' union that strives to organise itself across the country, industrially and in the community too. Over the last 14 years, he has worked in organising, research, legal, advocacy, communications, campaigning and leadership roles at the NUW.
Organiser, Australian Conservation Foundation
When Beth Koch attempted to introduce community organising in her role managing TEAR Australia’s volunteer program, she soon realised that it would have seismic shifts for how TEAR thought about community engagement, how they organised their work and how staffing would be impacted. Come and hear Beth’s story of striving for an internal change that could only result in the redundancy of her role. A Fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress, Beth now works for the Australian Conservation Foundation as an Organiser working with Murray-Darling Basin communities.
Chair, Hunter Cancer Action Network (HCAN)
James Garlick is a cancer survivor and part-time history and economics teacher from Newcastle. He is currently doing an honours thesis in history at The University of Newcastle. James has volunteered for Cancer Council NSW for over 7 years in both fundraising and advocacy. He is the Chair of the Hunter Cancer Action Network (HCAN) and played a lead role in the Hunter component of Cancer Council's extremely successful Saving Life 2015 campaign.
Myer Innovation Fellow
Anna Rose is an Australian environmentalist, author, and a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellow for 2016-17, focusing on strengthening the diversity of groups involved in the climate change movement, such as farmers, faith groups and ethnic communities. Anna was previously the National Manager for Earth Hour with WWF-Australia and the Australian Geographic Society's Conservationist of the Year 2015. She previously founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a movement of over 120,000 young people, and was recently a finalist in the ACT Australian of the Year awards. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic. The Sydney Morning Herald named her one of Sydney's 100 most influential people and she was named one of Cosmo magazine's Top 30 Women under 30.
Principle Strategist, NetChange Consulting
A digital pioneer for two decades, Jason is the principal strategist at NetChange Consulting (formerly Communicopia). He has led digital transformation projects and campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized social change organizations and movements including Human Rights Watch, NRDC, the City of Vancouver, the Elders, the UN Foundation, and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Digital Campaign Manager, 350.org
James is a writer, organiser and digital campaigner. He spends most of my time helping build a global climate movement at 350.org.350.org's online campaigns, grassroots organising, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries. As Digital Campaign Manager, James works with a global team of digital organisers and local leaders to build, support and amplify the climate movement from the grassroots up. Prior to his time at 350, James was the Digital Campaign Coordinator for Oxfam Australia.
Social Media Specialist, Amnesty International Australia
Jessie Mawson is Social Media Specialist for Amnesty International Australia. Jessie is a commsy/campaigny/webby all-rounder with a long history in the non-profit sector. Currently Social Media Specialist at Amnesty International Australia, Jessie was previously Communications Advisor at The Wilderness Society where she worked on the campaign that saved Walmadan (James Price Point) in WA's Kimberley region from a destructive gas hub. Before that, Jessie held a Communications Officer role at UNICEF in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Director, Change Agency
James has worked with small and large civil society organisations including Greenpeace, Amnesty International and the Wilderness Society on campaigns to protect forests, promote clean air and uphold human rights. He has also been a researcher, research manager and lecturer at several Australian universities, publishing widely on popular education and social movements, participatory democracy and environmental politics. He has spoken at national and international conferences. James' passions come together in his work as director of the Change Agency, a not-for-profit which provides education, training, facilitation and action research support for social change groups in Australia and the Pacific. James has facilitated campaign planning, decision-making and evaluation workshops and meetings with hundreds of social movement organisations in the Australia-Pacific region, working with groups of up 1000. He lives in Newcastle in the Awabakal nation.
Campaigns Director, GetUp!
Kelsey Cooke is a long-time GetUp staff member, and directed their 2016 Federal Election campaign.
Manager Community Organising, ActionAid Australia
With over 10 years’ experience in organising across the Trade Union, LGBTIQ, Environment and Human Rights based movements Dan has committed his life to “doing stuff to make stuff better”. After cutting his teeth as a student activist Dan started his professional career as an organiser for the NSW branch of the Australian Services Union organising workers in the Social and Community Services sector throughout Sydney. In 2010, Dan joined Amnesty International Australia as National Youth Coordinator. Dan developed a country-wide organising program which supported outreach to high schools, the development of university activists and the expansion of ARTillery, Amnesty’s arts-based activism initiative. The Youth program was one of the Amnesty’s pilot organising programs used to inform the organisations current model which supports over 200 local groups Australia-wide. In 2015, after a few years in Brisbane, Dan returned to Sydney to join Solar Citizens as Director of Campaigns and Organising. Dan led the organising team during the 2016 Federal election running high visibility tactics and events in electorates across Australia with the aim of getting Australia on the path to a future powered by 100% renewable electricity. Dan is now the Community Organising Manager for ActionAid Australia tasked with expanding an Australian based constituency to join ActionAid’s global movement to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.
Deputy Director, Australian Progress
Rebecca leads Australian Progress’ learning and community initiatives. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries, and Chief of Staff at GetUp. Rebecca also spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008.
Co-director, Community Organising Fellowship, The Change Agency
Fee Mozeley co-directs the Change Agency's Community Organising Fellowship program. Fee is a community organiser and environmental advocate who believes that social change requires understanding what motivates, inspires and empowers communities. She is an experienced facilitator, trainer and educator. Fee was initiated into grassroots organising by leading a community alliance during a protracted three-year campaign to protect urban fig trees in inner city Newcastle. She coordinates the Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship and is a lead facilitator for the program. Fee has worked as a community organiser with the Hunter Community Environment Centre in Newcastle NSW, coordinating an alliance of more than twenty community and environmental groups to prevent the approval of a fourth coal terminal. Fee is committed to strengthening community networks to resist the coal and gas boom, safeguarding a healthy future for her three awesome children.
Active Citizenship Manager, Oxfam
After starting off her career in project co-ordination, marketing and events, Olivia found an interest in international development and started a career in campaigning. During her early career, she led the Project Survival Pacific Team at the Copenhagen Climate Conference 2009 and co-ordinated events for Fairtrade Fortnight Melbourne before starting her current works at WaterAid Australia.
Head of Digital, Agency
Tom is an expert in digital technology and online communications, especially in the area of youth – he directed UN Youth communications in Australia for several years. He’s a vegetarian who loves tending to his courtyard garden to shake off hours spent swimming in code. Tom’s a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and reckons digital media can give us all the knowledge and all the access we need to change the world for the better.
Director of Politics and Advocacy, Nation Builder
Peter was drawn to the social change work of Pivot Legal Society, a leading Canadian human rights organization advocating for sex-workers, drug users, and people experiencing homelessness. After a couple months volunteering, Peter was offered a contract position, a full-time position followed, and 5 years later Peter was named the Executive Director. As ED, Peter democratized Pivot's internal culture and brought the organization back from the brink of collapse. During his time at the helm, Pivot had a number of important wins including two unanimous Supreme Court of Canada judgements that have changed Canadian society dramatically. Peter is a respected international speaker on organizational culture, fundraising, and digital organizing. He is now the Director of Politics and Advocacy for Canada and the Pacific at NationBuilder. He lives on a small Island with his young family.
Head of Digital, Australian Labor Party 2016
Erinn has just had her first baby after heading up Labor's digital campaign for the federal election in 2016. She oversaw Labor's transformation to a highly data-driven online strategy, and was privileged to lead the biggest digital team with the greatest online presence the party has had in a federal election. Erinn is convinced that political parties have a new and unique opportunity to reach more people in more meaningful, targeted ways via the ever growing omni-channel digital environment. Having worked in digital media and the arts over the last decade she's seen the way movements and communities are built and have undergone rapid transformation. Prior to working with the ALP Erinn worked to build audiences both on and offline for several major network television programs, and helped build the careers of major music artists working with Sony Australia. Erinn was signed as a songwriter herself and traveled across the world to write music with bands such as the Veronicas, working with writers who had hits with Natalie Imbruglia, Britney spears, Pink, Robyn and more. She is dedicated to building campaigns designed to engage audiences, reach new ones and build movements.
Divestment Campaigner, 350.org Australia
Vicky grew up in the leafy Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, and is based in Melbourne. She spends her week coordinating the Fossil Free Melbourne University campaign and working with 350 Pacific on their Pacific Climate Warrior campaign. Previously, she has worked in Public Engagement with Beyond Zero Emissions and was the 2013 University of Melbourne Student Union Environment Officer.
National Campus Coordinator, 350.org Australia
Based in Sydney, Ray is 350.org Australia's National Campus Coordinator. He cut his campaigning teeth working to get the ANU to divest from fossil fuels, and is committed to building a powerful student movement fighting for climate justice.
National Campaigner, AYCC
Amy Gordon is a National Campaigner at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She's an Aboriginal woman who grew up in Western Sydney. Passionate about #spicy memes and climate justice.
Youth Organiser, Oxfam
Sonia is the Youth Organiser at Oxfam Australia. She has previously been the Activism Support Coordinator at Amnesty International Australia, and has been involved with a range of youth organisations for a number of years. Sonia has been involved with CanTeen as the Assistant Operations Coordinator, UN Youth Australia running regional youth programs in Victoria, and the Oaktree Foundation as the Communities of Excellence Coordinator.
Evelyn Araluen Corr is a PhD candidate and educator working with Indigenous literatures and decolonial knowledges at the University of Sydney, on the land of the Gadigal Peoples of the Eora Nation. She is a founding member of Students Support Aboriginal Communities, a NSW grassroots activist network, a member of SEED, the Indigneous Youth Climate Coalition, and is currently working on the establishment of a NSW chapter of WAR (Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance). Her poetry and criticism has been published in Overland, Southerly, and The Best Australian Poems 2016. Evelyn Araluen was born and raised on Dharug land, with Bundjalung ancestry and language, and family connections to the Yorta Yorta nation.
Community Organiser, ActionAid Australia
Liz is Community Organiser at ActionAid Australia, where she is building a grassroots movement in Australia with activists to take action locally to tackle injustice and inequality globally. Liz has worked with young people in schools and in the community for organisations including Amnesty International Australia, ReachOut and Oxfam Australia. She has campaigned across issues including refugee and asylum seeker policy, Australian aid and labour rights. Liz is passionate about connecting people to a cause and inspiring them to take action to create change.
Community Organiser, Amnesty International Australia
As a Community Organiser at Amnesty International Australia, Amanda Atlee is responsible for the growth and development of the NSW activist base. With over 60 activist led groups in the NSW region they are now primarily focusing on designing and delivering leadership development training to strengthen the organising structure. Amanda has held other roles at Amnesty including Activism Support Coordinator and Media and Public Affairs Coordinator. She has also worked at the Global Poverty Project and a Youth Rep at World Vision. Amanda has a Bachelor of International Studies (UNSW) and a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies (USyd).
Head of Communications
Holly Miller is Head of Communications at ActionAid Australia. She is a committed feminist and women's rights media specialist, and is passionate about supporting women to have their voices, stories and opinions heard. Holly has worked as ActionAid's emergency response communications specialist in the Philippines, Vanuatu, Nepal, and most recently, Fiji. Before working for ActionAid, Holly spent two years working in Laos with people with disabilities supporting them to advocate the international campaign to ban cluster munitions.
Founding Executive Director, Fair Agenda
Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate for growing movements for positive change. She has been named one of 2015's '100 Women of Influence'. Previously Renee co-directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, helping engage 6,000 Australians to raise more than $1.4 million for projects tackling extreme poverty. She was also part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million additional funding for global polio eradication efforts.
Founder and Coordinator, CounterAct
Nicola has over a decade of activist experience with a range of organisations and grassroots groups across Australia. Nicola has supported, organised or facilitated workshops, nonviolent direct action training and capacity building for a diverse range of community campaigns around Australia. In 2012 Nicola founded CounterAct which seeks to support communities working for environmental and social justice with training. She is a co-convenor of the Melbourne Campaigners’ Network.
Uncle Ray is a Gadigall man, director of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council and recently retired Aboriginal Health Worker from Redfern Aboriginal Medical Services. For more than 30 years, Ray worked for the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, as one of the founding health workers and was instrumental in the growth and development of this service which is dedicated to the health and well-being of the local Aboriginal community. He has significant experience collaborating with the community, boards, and management and fellow health service providers to give the Aboriginal community of the heart of Sydney a culturally appropriate and professional health service. He’s a well-respected social justice advocate with a long history of working for community development and empowerment, equity and equality for all. Ray is married to Jan and they have three sons and has nine grandchildren.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, First Peoples Disability Network
June is the Deputy Executive Officer for the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), a peak network for systemic advocacy for Aboriginal people. June is a descendant from the Dhungetti people, with her family being from the Kempsey and Nambucca Heads region of NSW. Her passion is Aboriginal justice and human rights, particularly for Aboriginal people living with disability and their support networks. Her work previously was a consultative project ‘Living Life My Way” on behalf of the Department of Aged and Disability, yarning with Aboriginal communities across New South Wales in the advent of the NDIS. As a Senior Policy Officer for NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS), back in 2010, June undertook a major project across NSW; speaking with Aboriginal communities and documenting the difficulties they have engaging with the community care sector. June is a past recipient of the Australian Institute of Management, Indigenous scholarship for Bachelor of Management and have used her Aboriginal community knowledge and skills to manage NFP organisations over the last 25 years. She is a board member of The Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society and the empowerment of Aboriginal people through equality with access to education and health services, keeps me on this passionate journey.
Communications & Campaigns Director, United Voice
Tim Petterson is a Communications & Campaigns Director at United Voice where he does digital organising and campaign strategy. A year on, and he’s still basking in the warm inner glow that comes from forcing a major burger chain to pay millions of dollars a year more to its young underpaid workforce.
Mikey Leung is a social entrepreneur with matrix-like knowledge of the digital media world. With over 15 years experience in the practise of digital wizardry, he's a Director at Digital Storytellers, a digital production agency based in Sydney, Australia. The focus of the agency is in producing creative films and digital campaigns for the global positive impact sector. Mikey is also a published author, and co-wrote the first and second editions of Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He’s also a web designer, cinematographer and one of the founders at Digital Storytellers, whose primary project Positive Light, is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh. In September 2012, Mikey spoke about Positive Light at TEDxDhaka. The full story is available here.
General Manager, Propel
Nat Swainston has more than a decade’s experience working in marketing, digital and strategy in the corporate, NFP, agency and consulting sectors - she gets around! Before joining Propel, she held a range of senior roles across digital, experience design, brand and marketing, and community engagement for The Climate Council, Deloitte Digital, ING DIRECT Australia and ReachOut. She was also previously a board member for youth change organisation Vibewire, and continues to volunteer on a number of projects with community groups and NFPs that she's passionate about. Nat gets (often over-) excited about how technology is changing the way people can connect with each other and the world around them - enabling supporters, customers, citizens and employees alike to be more active participants in shaping the decisions, systems and services that affect them.
Communications and Mobilisation Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation
Kathryn runs people-focused engagement campaigns, recruiting and empowering people along a ladder of engagement, from easy social media through to citizen teams advocating for nature. She's passionate about scaling up civic action to protect nature and tackle climate change which has led her to play with platforms for scale – like digital, media and community organizing. She uses story, message, design, image and experiences to create public narratives that engage values and mobilise people to translate those values into action.
Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre
Prior to joining the HRLC, Amy was the Federation of Community Legal Centres law graduate and completed placements with the HRLC, Goulburn Valley CLC and Inner Melbourne Community Legal. Before completing her law degree she worked in policy roles in the Victorian Government. Amy was a member of the #LetThemStay campaign, and worked closely with GetUp! and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce. The coalition lead a nationwide campaign that kept a group of 267 people seeking asylum in Australia after the legal challenge to their offshore detention failed. Amy has a long-standing commitment to upholding the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum, social justice and the value of the community legal sector. She volunteered for five years with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, completed an internship with Victoria Legal Aid, and interned and volunteered at numerous Victorian Community Legal Centres. She currently volunteers at Refugee Legal and is a member of the Board of Management at Flemington Kensington CLC.
Human Rights Campaigner, GetUp!
Aurora is a Human Rights Campaigner at GetUp. She works mainly on the fight for better refugee policy, most recently through the #LetThemStay and #BringThemHere campaigns – with a quick mid-year break to focus on GetUp's campaign in Bass during the 2016 federal election.
National Director of Strategy and Communications, Australian Manufacturing Worker's Union
Tamsin Lloyd is the National Director of Strategy and Communications for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union – one of Australia’s largest and oldest blue-collar trade unions. In her role, Tamsin overseas the union’s internal and external communications, manages the union’s national campaigns and conducts big picture strategic planning. She was instrumental in driving the AMWU’s recent successful campaign to convince the Government to commit to building ships and submarines in Australia, and oversaw the AMWU’s unique federal election social media campaign. Recently, Tamsin has been instrumental in working to umplement strategies for growth and organising for occupations that have never before been unionised in Australia. Prior to being at the AMWU, Tamsin worked in both Government and Opposition, has worked for other trade unions, and has been a political trainer (both in Australia and internationally).
Community Organiser, Australian Conservation Foundation
Max is a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation and activist trainer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). In 2014, Max coordinated an action for Earth Hour in Tony Abbott's local electorate, with more than 2000 people demanding strong climate action standing on our then Prime Minister's favourite beach. In 2013, Max was part of a successful campaign to stop coal port expansion along the Great Barrier Reef on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast. In 2012, as International Policy Coordinator with the AYCC, Max was in Doha, Qatar, representing the Australian youth voice in negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Max is a graduate of the Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship and a holds post-graduate qualification in community advocacy!
Community Organiser, Australian Conservation Foundation
Michael Pulsford is a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has been a volunteer coordinator, delivery driver, performance art lecturer, theatrical sound designer, rock drummer, grocer’s lad and disability support worker.
Daniel brings technology, stories and people together to create behavioural change. He and the team at PrincipleCo run major issue and electoral campaigns at the international, national and state levels. If you’ve followed a recent election in Australia, you’ve seen his work – which has reached over 5 million people. An award winning researcher and experienced communicator, Daniel is skilled at identifying and connecting with the people who can actually affect an outcome. He is fascinated by the impact of technology on the future of civil society.
Head of Engagement, WWF Australia
At WWF, Phil brings together his two areas of formal education – environmental law and visual arts – to lead a fantastic team of communicators and campaigners. He works on everything from news media and online campaigning through to thought leadership and social media. He loves that he gets to use both the left and right sides of his brain.
Chief of Staff, GetUp!
Henny Smith is the Chief of Staff at GetUp.She is a lawyer and has previously worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Buss of the WA Court of Appeal, and at law firm King & Wood Mallesons in the employment law and industrial relations team. She was previously the National President, United Nations Youth Association of Australia and President, UWA Law Students’ Society. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Arts(Honours) from the University of Western Australia. During the election, she was a member of GetUp's election strategy team and ran the digital advertising team, which produced ads receiving 11.1 million hits, and arguably helped change the result in several key marginal seats.
Activist Coordinator, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
With a degree in Legal and Dispute Studies Sophie is the current Activist Coordinator with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, training and supporting people to take part in non-violent direct action. Over the years Sophie has worked on environmental and social justice campaigns across the country with a particular interest in protest laws and environmental protection & land rights legislation.
Social Media Manager, American Express
Melanie Vaz is the Social Media Manager for American Express Australia and New Zealand. She's had over seven years experience in the social media and public relations industry where she's worked on a range of consumer, tech and B2B clients including Microsoft, UBank, BP, Kleenex, Telstra, Sensis and AAMI. In her current role at American Express, she's helping shape the social space at the turn of a very interesting payment revolution including the adoption of mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Square Reader. Her highlights have been the Shop Small campaign, founded by American Express to garner support for Australian small businesses. You'll often find her tweeting profusely during an episode of Offspring, Bachie or MKR and playing her guitar like she knows more than 10 chords.
Social Media Lead, Coca-Cola
Annabel heads up the Coca-Cola South Pacific ‘Social Centre’, providing best-in-class service to the Australian and New Zealand teams, ensuring support to the Marketing and Public Affairs & Communications functions in both markets. The Social Centre is responsible for social media strategy, community management, listening, insights driven analytics and reporting as well as content management and production. Her team of 7 are responsible for ensuring Coca-Cola social channels follow best practice and are managed to achieve maximum results for the business. Annabel has been working in the social media space for almost 10 years - actually securing her first role in an agency via Twitter. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she's held senior social roles within Telstra and Ogilvy, working on developing the social strategies for some of the world's biggest brands.
Executive Director, OrganiseUs
Tabatha combines her creative and strategic communication skills with the unique goal of bringing world class digital training to people looking to change the world for good. OrganiseUs has a clear goal — to build a community of practice for digital organising. Communication, campaign, digital, data and design specialists, they craft creative solutions and share skills, offering in-depth training programs across digital strategy, tools, data management, design and organising. Tabatha has over 18 years' experience developing engagement, media and communication strategies for progressive non-profits, and over seven years as a daily news and feature journalist. What motivates her? She once lived 30 metres up a Karri tree and has never lost sight of the view.
Digital Campaigns Manager, Essential
Kim leads the digital and production team at Essential and is a digital communications specialist. She spends her days (and most nights) developing evidence-based strategies and implementing them through digital technology. Kim also has extensive experience in advertising, website development, user experience and supporter engagement to drive successful campaigns. Kim is a firm believer in the power of narratives and networks to create impact. She has worked with many organisations to develop websites and digital campaigns including National Disability Services, Luke Batty Foundation, WWF, Australia, AMCS, Australian Education Union and more.
Policy and Engagement Office, Hepatitis NSW
Alastair is the Policy & Engagement Manager at Hepatitis NSW where he coordinates their advocacy, campaigns, and media activities. He has previously served as an adviser to two Commonwealth Government Ministers, and been the Policy & Law Reform Officer at Victoria Legal Aid. Alastair is also an LGBTI advocate and activist, and previously the Chair of the Policy Working Groups of both the Victorian and NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobbies. He has an LGBTI rights-focused blog (www.alastairlawrie.net), and is admin of the ‘No Homophobia, No Exceptions’ Facebook page. Twitter: @alawriedejesus
Community Engagement Coordinator, Lock the Gate Alliance
Annie works to empower communities to defend themselves from invasive gasfields and coal. Via a process of collective Action Learning, she developed the grass-roots democracy process called Gasfield Free Communities. This strategy contributed to mass-movement dynamics in the Northern Rivers and is now being adapted in many regions by the Lock The Gate movement. Annie has a strong belief in the power of communities to determine their futures through grass-roots participation. Her on-ground work is informed by an understanding of networks and complex system dynamics. She is encouraged by the way these concepts can help us plan, campaign, and collaborate, by choosing the action that best fits the context.
Senior Account Manager, Essential Media
Jane Garcia is a communications specialist with more than nine years experience in public relations, media management and social media. She has a strong background in developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns for not-for- profit organisations, particularly in the environment sector. Since joining Essential in 2012, Jane has provided strategic advice and media management for a range of clients, including trade unions, environment groups, seniors advocates and the industry group for Australian science and technology. She has worked on successful media projects for Lock the Gate Alliance, Greenpeace, Science and Technology Australia and the Fight for the Reef campaign. Before joining EMC, Jane was a journalist and editor for more than nine years,working mainly on Australia’s only independent monthly magazine for all levels of government, Government News. She then managed media and communications for NSW’s peak environment group, Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Lead Organiser, Office of Adam Bandt MP
Philippa is the Lead Organiser at the Office of Adam Bandt MP. She coordinated a field campaign of over 500 volunteers at the recent federal election that re-elected Adam and made the seat of Melbourne one of the safest in the country. Philippa has organised GetUp members in Greg Hunt’s electorate, helped to elect Ellen Sandell the first Greens MP to the state seat of Melbourne and has empowered young people in Victoria to take action on climate change with the AYCC. Philippa is driven by a love of seeing people realise their potential to change the world.
Digital Fundraising Program Coordinator, Amnesty International Australia
Eddie recently created and implemented the largest online appeal in Amnesty International Australia’s history, and created a video for a Christmas Syria appeal that reached 18 million viewers worldwide and added 75,000 new Facebook followers in less than a month. He believes that creative uses of the online space, telling stories with ‘soul’ and the ability to understand online audiences are the building blocks for great campaigns.
Data Analyst, GetUp
Ben Raue is a data analyst and psephologist. Ben has worked as a data analyst at GetUp since 2013, with a focus on electoral targetting, experimentation and understanding GetUp's data. Ben writes about Australian elections for the Guardian Australia and has been analysing elections in Australia and New Zealand since 2008 at his blog The Tally Room.
Executive Director, Australian Progress
Nick has more than 15 years’ experience driving social change in New York, Toronto, London and Sydney. Nick co-founded one of the world’s first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, played a leading role in the growth of Australia’s foremost campaigning organisation GetUp, worked in global strategy at Amnesty’s International Secretariat and managed public engagement for Greenpeace. As founder of Sydney-based consultancy Make Believe, Nick developed winning campaigns and internal innovation projects for more than seventy non-profits. He currently serves on the boards of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Centre for Policy Development.
Writer, trainer, campaigner
Jac Tomlins is an accomplished writer, trainer and social campaigner with a lifelong commitment to social justice and more than 25 years’ experience in creating change. She is a high profile, out-spoken advocate for the LGBTIQ community and has been in involved in a number of successful campaigns over the years. Jac is currently very involved in the campaign for marriage equality and recently accompanied a group of children and young adults raised in rainbow families to Canberra for a highly successful day of lobbying against the plebiscite. Back in the day, she ran a legal case in the Victorian Family Court seeking recognition of her overseas marriage which led to the Howard government’s changes to the Marriage Act. She’s been campaigning on that front ever since. Jac was one of the founding members of the Rainbow Families Council and worked with a small group of parents on Love Makes a Family, a campaign that successfully changed Victorian State legislation to allow access to Assisted Reproductive Treatment for single women and lesbians and allow the name of the non-birth mother to be on her child’s birth certificate.
Executive Director Advocacy, NSWCID
Aine plays a key role in establishing and maintaining local, state-wide, and national connections on key policy issues, establishing strategic directions, and ensuring that NSWCID is both responsive to the concerns of people with intellectual disability and led by them. She has a long history of working in partnership with people with cognitive disability and combines those skills with strengths in network development, collaborative partnering with government and non-government agencies, and systemic advocacy on issues of importance to people with intellectual disability. Aine has completed studies in sociology, disability, community services, and accessible communication. In 2012 she completed the Sydney Leadership program.
Digital Organiser, GetUp!
Django interested in the intersection between data, mobile and the social web - and how we can leverage it to more effectively persuade and motivate. In the past he's been a media advisor for Andrew Wilkie, communications co-ordinator for the Greens, and done odd jobs in humanitarian aid, documentary making and football journalism.
National Campaign Director, Professionals Australia
Matt Harris is a Billy Joel fan, dad, and is currently Professionals Australia's National Campaign Director.
Senior Campaigner, National Union of Workers
Emma Kerin is a senior campaigner at National Union of Workers currently working on its ground-breaking Fair Food campaign. Her work exposing exploitation of vulnerable workers in Australia’s farms has helped put this issue at the top of nation's political agenda.
Director, Innovation and Transformation, Nine Entertainment Co.
Nathan has led digital, customer strategy and innovation projects, run strategy functions and managed large-scale, multi-million dollar transformation projects to multinationals, SMEs and start-ups over the past 17 years. He provides innovative and practical digital solutions to identify and respond to the challenges and opportunities generated by changing client behaviours, innovation, and digital disruption. He values developing deep customer and client data and insight as a way to address the challenges and opportunities arising from innovation and technology disruption. Much of the work he gets to do these days is highlighting leading practice themes and trends, producing a digital vision and strategy that is informed by deep customer insight, a prioritised and pragmatic list of digital projects and initiatives, and a roadmap and operating model that aligns with the broader business strategy goals.
Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, Oxfam Australia
Aaron Lamb is a master of the digital dark arts. Aaron is Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at Oxfam Australia and is an expert at digital fundraising. He led the strategy for the Nepal emergency response which resulted in over 9 million dollars donated via digital channels alone. Aaron sits on the board of directors for Cambodian Kids Can and in his spare (?!) time is a bestselling sci fi author.
Organising Director, GetUp!
Kajute is the Organising Director with GetUp, leading on the recent Federal election organising work that saw more than 213,000 calls made and helped unseat some of the most conservative right wing MPs in Parliament.
Policy and Advocacy, Cancer Council NSW
Kelly has worked at CCNSW in various regional offices across NSW, as well as the head office in Sydney where she’s currently based. Kelly has had a range of roles ranging from supportive care for cancer patients, health promotion, and grassroots campaigning to leading the Tobacco team within CCNSW. Most of Kelly’s time has been spent in the Policy and Advocacy Team which connects everyday people to each other and to politicians to change how governments deal with cancer. When not working, Kelly attempts to learn to play guitar and mostly fails.
Community Organiser, The Wilderness Society
Lauren is the NSW Community Organiser at The Wilderness Society where she is developing skilled and autonomous activist teams through their Movement for Life organising strategy. She is involved with Amnesty International as the NSW Representative to the Youth Advisory Group which aims to increase youth participation in grassroots activism and help implement the national youth strategy. She has also worked to create a new Amnesty Local Action Group aimed at specifically engaging young people in Sydney's north. She has previously worked as a Field Organiser for the Community and Public Sector Union and is on the Executive Committee of Australian Refugee Volunteers having overseen their volunteer management and training programs.
Executive Director, Inner South West Community Development Organisation.