We have an incredible team of dozens of people of colour – campaigners, creatives, storytellers, organisers, strategists and technologists with decades of experience creating change between us.

Take a look at some of the people involved in Democracy in Colour (with many more around the country – if you’d like to join us, click here).


Tim Lo Surdo

Founder and National Co-Director

Tim works at United Voice as a Senior Organiser. Previously, Tim was the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy 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.

With a deep-seated belief in people-powered change, Tim has a burning passion for building a world where the inherent worth and dignity of everyone is recognised.


Neha Madhok

National Co-Director

Neha Madhok has over ten years of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice.

Currently, Neha is a National Co-Director at Democracy in Colour – the first Australia-wide organisation led by and for people of colour, and for economic justice. Previously she was a Senior Campaigner at Australia. Neha has worked on the Yes campaign at Australian Marriage Equality, and she was a Digital Campaigner in the Australian union movement.

Divina Blanca

Digital Director

Divina has many years of experience in the Australian political landscape. Divina first joined Democracy in Colour as an organiser on the marriage equality campaign during the Australian postal vote and now is the Digital Director. A proud union member since the day she was born, Divina works as an Organiser for the Australian Services Union and previously worked in digital at a startup company and online bookstore.

Divina has a passion for collective organising, democratic decision making, and using her skills to fight for intersectional equality.

Elisabeth Kava

Social Media Analyst

In a previous life, Lisa trained to be a physicist and mathematician, as a research assistant at UNSW and a college fellow at the University of Chicago. Lisa uses her data analysis and programming skills for social good, from her involvement with the Civic Tech community in Chicago to her current role as an economic analyst with the state government.  Lisa also uses her teaching experience as a regular volunteer with a local refugee community.

Lisa believes in broad-based participation as a key cornerstone to a healthy democracy, and in building platforms for amplifying the voices of marginalised peoples.