Neha has over a decade of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. Prior to this her roles have included campaigning for for 350 Australia, progressive politicians, the Yes campaign for Marriage Equality and the Australian union movement with the Australian Services Union NSW & ACT and United Voice. Neha is also the Chair at 350 Australia.
- Kaurna Country / Adelaide
Born in Malaysia, Joannie moved to Australia when she was in her teens. Her lived experience as a migrant and her identity as a person of colour led her to be passionate about building the political power of people of colour and anti-racism. She is particularly focused organising communities of colour in Western Sydney as well as across the continent. Joannie has a Masters in Development Studies, and worked with organisations such as Action Aid, Sydney Alliance, Red Cross and Oxfam.
- Dharawal Land / South West Sydney
Marcella Brassett is a Tamil-Indian migrant who's previously worked as a campaigner, communications and media manager for Members of Parliament, The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Islamic Council of VIC and elections. Recently, she was a national organiser for "March for Justice". Marcella's expertise is cross-cultural coaching and empowering people of colour to speak to the media, participate in civil society and lead public conversations on racism, gender and human rights. She regularly writes and publishes opinion pieces on racial justice and women's issues.
Shae is a digital campaigner and community organiser from South Africa, and has worked professionally in progressive campaigning in both Australia and Ireland. They have achieved impact across a range of campaigns including Covid-19 health response, online privacy, maternity leave provisions and education reform. Shae is particularly passionate about the power of ordinary people to advocate for change. Shae holds a Bachelor of Communication and Masters in Comparative Social Change, with a research focus on feminist and anti-racist practice in activist spaces.
- Awabakal Country/Lake Macquarie
Aliya is a media campaigner with extensive experience in shifting media narratives on issues of economic and racial inequality. She's previously worked as a media advisor for the Victorian peak body for homelessness and is currently the Associate Director at the Economic Media Centre. She sits on the board of Switchboard Victoria and the National Media Engagement Advisory Group for Media Making Change at OurWatch.
Karen is an experienced Chief Operating Officer, currently working at Environmental Leadership Australia and as the Director and Treasurer of Australian Progress. She has been the Chief Operating Officer of ActionAid Australia and Chief Financial Officer with Opportunity International Australia. She is a Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in International Development from University of New South Wales and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Catholic University.
- Gadigal Country / Sydney
Anita has an extensive background in policy, advocacy, campaigning and community organising with a particular passion for people-powered change for communities who are made invisible, ignored or oppressed by our public policies and systems. She currently works for Australian Progress as the Community Organising Director, and is the Chair of the Board of CHOICE as well as Democracy in Colour.
- Gumbaynggirr country / mid north coast NSW
Jamal is the Managing Director of the not-for-profit health and reproductive rights service MSI Australia. In 2020, Jamal was elected as a Councillor for the City of Melbourne. He currently holds several board appointments, including MS Health Pty Ltd, Marie Stopes PNG and Democracy in Colour.
Alan is a not-for-profit corporate governance specialist, working with communities to build power to make decisions that matter. He currently also serves as chair of Australia’s largest youth-run international development organisation, Oaktree, and on the boards of the Victorian Pride Centre and GetUp!. Alan has previously served on the board of Oxfam Australia, as an Envoy for Young People to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, and on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. Alan is admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of the ACT, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Governance Institute.