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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.