Kirsty Albion is AYCC’s National Director and has been part of the team for over eight years. She has led many major campaigns including the 328km Walk for Solar from Port Augusta to Adelaide and the successful campaign to get CommBank to rule out financing coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. She is passionate about empowering young people on the issue of climate change and has run training days for tens of thousands of young people. In 2010 she was awarded Young Tasmanian of the Year and in 2013 with Lucy Manne was awarded Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Seed National Co-Director
Amelia Telford, a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country is the National Co-Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Amelia is passionate about supporting a national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to protect our land, culture and communities from the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and be a part of creating positive change for our people. Amelia was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of Year in 2014, Bob Brown's Young Environmentalist for the Year 2015 and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year 2015 for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people.
Seed National Co-Director
Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaigns 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 AYCC 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 initiatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Head of Fundraising & Operations
Julie is the AYCC’s Head of Operations and Fundraising. Originally from sunny Southern California, Julie moved to Australia in 2012. In the US, she worked in Corporate Relations and Annual Fund giving, before jumping into the 2012 US election cycle as a Campaign Director in North Carolina. Julie is currently working hard on perfecting an Australian accent.
Co-head of Campaigns
Gemma has a huge passion for teaching others about sustainability and climate action, particularly representing those affected by climate change and the protection of the Antarctic. From the Sydney suburb of Cammeray, she spent 2011 as the NSW State Coordinator and has been involved in AYCC since 2010. Gemma led the campaign to get the big 4 banks out of Adani's coal mine and has an English Staffy named Bruce.
Co-head of Campaigns and Media Coordinator
Dan is the AYCC's media coordinator and works across our campaigns on renewable energy, the Great Barrier Reef and international negotiations. Dan is the Repower Port Augusta campaign manager and has spent the last few years working with the local community, unions and business to work towards a just transition from coal to solar thermal in Port Augusta. Dan was awarded the inaugural Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the Year in 2012.
Kelly has been with AYCC since 2010, starting as a climate change presenter in schools in SA. Over the next two years she was the State Coordinator in SA working on Repower Port Augusta, the Walk for Solar and Youth Decide. She then made the move to Melbourne to coordinate the Start the Switch program in 2013. This was followed by a brief stint with the panda at WWF doing communications and has landed back in her dream job communicating climate change to AYCC's 120,000 online members. In her spare time Kelly enjoys dancing to Beyonce.
Operations and Training Director
Tracey has been involved in AYCC since the 2013 federal election campaign where she became inspired to help build a social movement to solve the climate crisis. She subsequently led recruitment for the National Day of Climate Action in Perth and worked on various projects before becoming one of the WA State Coordinators in 2014. She then made the move to Melbourne to be AYCC's Operations and Training Director. In her spare time, Tracey slacklines and walks to get frozen yoghurt in her pyjamas.
National Schools Program Manager
Tom coordinates our national schools program, Switched on Schools. Tom is excited about participation and youth-centred empowerment. Before taking on this role, he spent 18 months with a Ghanaian youth–centred NGO. He worked with staff to empower young people and their communities to fight child trafficking and the worst forms of child labour. Living in the global south, he became aware of the devastating effects that climate change has on those already marginalised through poverty. Previous to this he held the position of Union Organiser for 2 years. This saw him work with educators on a campaign for recognition and respect for the early childhood education and care sector.
VIC and TAS Grassroots Campaign Coordinator
Originally from Far East Gippsland, Laura has been with AYCC since 2012, volunteering with the national office, then in 2013 co-coordinating the Victorian State Branch. She is passionate about ensuring environmental justice for those impacted by climate change and it's drivers. After a brief stint interning with The Sunrise Project, she is now helping keep the office side of AYCC in order
QLD Grassroots Campaign Coordinator
Millie Anthony is the QLD Grassroots coordinator and campaigner who works closely with the QLD and WA state branches. Millie has been volunteering and working with AYCC since early 2014 and has spent most of that time in the NSW branch as state coordinator and Switched on Schools program coordinator. Millie has a degree from the University of Sydney and a passion for supporting young people to lead solutions to climate justice.
Hailing from Perth’s sunny shores, Luke moved to Melbourne in mid 2015 and quickly found his home designing for the AYCC. After completing a Bachelor of Laws in 2008, Luke realised that design could enable him to combine his passion for creativity and sense of justice. Hand him a guitar and he’ll sing you a folk tune about peace and love. Hand him a pencil and he’ll draw you a poster for climate justice.
Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Alicia’s career in the nonprofit sector started when she turned 18 and found herself working for a Canadian fundraising provider specialising in regular giving acquisition. A decade later she has made Australia her home and has hands on experience executing fundraising projects on behalf of prominent environmental, international aid and humans rights NGO’s. Having spent 2 years in Northern Australia falling in love with the Kimberley, Pilbara and Cape York, she has seen first hand how exploitative laws give coal, mining and gas free rein, she knows tackling climate change is her opportunity to make a difference, and wants to be part of this movement demanding action. When not driving sustainable revenue streams for the AYCC, Alicia can be found hiking in a local state park or having brunch in a North side suburb.
Business Development Coordinator
Originally from Texas, Jackie works as the Business Development Coordinator for the AYCC. She received her Undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and has worked with nonprofits in America, England, and China. She has a passion for sustainable business models and you can find her most weekends eating Pho, practicing yoga, and dreaming of her next big adventure.
Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Liv became involved with the AYCC as a high school student after participating in the 2009 Power Shift in Sydney. It was there that her concern about climate justice was sparked and she realised the importance of social movements for change. Since then, Liv has been involved in various campaigns through the the Victorian branch being Schools Coordinator, Volunteer Support Coordinator and the State Coordinator. Liv is now the Fundraising Manager on our growing team. She's passionate and dedicated to building a safe and just climate future, and is grateful to be surrounded by such an inspiring movement. She also enjoys baking, having a dance, and op shops.
Monthly Donor Team Supervisor
Jesse recently graduated a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and began fundraising with AYCC in early 2016. Now, supervising the Monthly Donor team, he believes there should be a focus on ensuring the voice of young Australians is not only recognised but powerful. Jesse engages with AYCC supporters to think more deeply and more responsibly about collective solutions that create a positive change. Outside the office, Jesse is found in the studio constructing fine furniture from our hard-rubbish waste.
Laura is passionate about empowering young people to take meaningful action on climate in their communities. Originally from Northern Tasmania, Laura coordinates AYCC's Switched on Schools Program. Laura has worked with youth-led campaigning organisations for the past 7 years on a variety of social and environmental justice campaigns. In 2012 she was awarded the Southern Cross Young Achievers Entrepreneurship Award and was a Tasmanian finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards.
Dean is the State Coordinator for WA and firstly heard of the AYCC through friends and attended the Perth Power Shift in 2011. His passion for science and technology lead him to University and learning about climate science and the effects climate change will have on civilisation and the planet. Since the Perth Power Shift the spark to do something was ignited and he became involved with the Perth Central Action Group as the Convenor and then become the State Coordinator in 2015.
Lovisa has been involved with AYCC since 2010, including as Grassroots Coordinator and member of the AYCC delegation to the 2012 UN climate change negotiations in Qatar, which to this day still remains the most surreal experience of her life. She is constantly inspired and motivated by climate movements all over the world, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Middle East, and is incredibly grateful that she is part of an organisation which embraces and fights for climate justice everyday. Lovisa also studies politics and French, and in her free time can be found writing, trying and failing to keep plants alive, and drinking too much coffee.
Katherine became state coordinator for the AYCC at the start of 2015 after being involved for two years. Having spent much of her childhood in the outdoors of Tasmania, Katherine has a deep appreciation of the land around her. This is what lead her to getting involved with the AYCC. She is not only incredibly passionate about climate justice but loves running, outdoor activities and food too.
Phoebe first got involved in the AYCC through attending Powershift in 2013, then volunteering on the Safe Climate Roadmap and Don’t Risk the Reef campaigns. At the time she was also completing her Master of Environment degree, looking at the relationships between humans and the natural world. She found that volunteering offered a fantastic practical outlet to complement her theoretical degree. She took a break from the AYCC to study abroad at Uppsala University in Sweden, but always intended to come back to the organisation after completing study in 2015. When not busy with AYCC work she enjoys reading novels, making photo albums, cooking, running, and exploring Melbourne and its surrounds.
Originally from Cairns, David became involved with AYCC in 2013 after attending the Game Change Summit in Brisbane. Hearing about the plans for massive coal expansion along the Great Barrier Reef, David joined his university action group and quickly became the group’s convenor. Stepping up to become Queensland Universities Coordinator in 2015, he has worked on a number of campaigns engaging young people to protect the Reef and pursue climate justice. In his spare time, David studies Arts/Law majoring in Italian and International Relations.
Mika first got involved with AYCC in 2015 when, as a biology student, she realised that changing hearts and minds was as essential as science when it comes to solving the climate crisis. She grew up in Perth spending a lot of her time outdoors and has always been fascinated by nature, especially Australia's unique wildlife. Mika was in the role of NSW's Schools Coordinator before stepping into the role of State Coordinator, and is inspired by all the incredible, passionate young people she has met along the way. She loves reading, drinking tea, and dancing.
Ngaire became passionate about climate change when she went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and saw the bleached coral there. She joined AYCC in 2013 where she heard about Adani's proposed coal mines on the reef. She has volunteered on a number of campaigns including the Don't Risk the Reef campaign. She was the ACT Campaigns Coordinator in 2015. Ngaire has recently finished studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Canberra. She also enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and running.
James joined the AYCC after he attended a summer school on the economics of climate change at Oxford University. This experience was both inspiring and galvanising; the need to act urgently on climate change prompted him to look for ways to volunteer. He is close to finishing his Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University, where he's blended some arts with a lot of chemistry and maths. Away from AYCC and study, James loves teaching, travelling and going to concerts. You can usually find him at your local cafe for brunch.
Chair of the Board
Claire runs her own consultancy that works with purpose-driven organisations around the world on campaign strategy. Her projects range from working with big groups like Oxfam, Change.org and PLAN International on their campaigns, to supporting tiny startups and community groups to win on local issues. Previously, Claire helped start the Climate Council where she was Head of Community and Fundraising and worked for the Foundation for Young Australians. But most importantly, she cut her teeth campaigning at the AYCC on their 2010 election campaign, and has served on the board since 2014.
Renee is the Founding Executive Director of Fair Agenda - a community campaigning organisation advocating for fairness and equality for women. Previously, Renee worked with the Global Poverty Project, and Co-Directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign. Renee was born and raised in the Latrobe Valley - home of some of the largest brown coal fields in the world. She is passionate about climate justice and first got involved in the AYCC in 2009 after attending the first Power Shift summit.
Ebony is the Deputy Director of the influential progressive think tank The Australia Institute. Ebony began her career in federal politics as a press gallery journalist before working for former Greens Leader Bob Brown as his Media Advisor and then Strategy Director. Ebony was the National Campaign Director for the Australian Greens successful 2010 federal election campaign. Prior to the Australia Institute, Ebony worked for market research agency Lonergan Research and for the Australian Human Rights Commission."
Tom is an Associate to the Honourable Justice P A Keane AC at the High Court of Australia. Before the High Court, Tom was a lawyer at Arnold Bloch Leibler, working in the litigation and public interest law groups and advising charities in the environment sector. Previously, Tom volunteered at Environmental Justice Australia where he helped the law reform and litigation teams in their efforts to protect Victoria's environment. Tom is passionate about climate justice, particularly the disproportionate effect of climate change on marginalised communities.
Bronwyn is the Director of Engagement at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), an organisation about backing the next generation of young people to create a better future. Bronwyn has a deep practical and theoretical knowledge of the community sector with over fifteen years experience working in non-profits, and brings particular expertise in fundraising. Prior to FYA, Bronwyn was with World Vision Australia, where she led the 40 Hour Famine. Bronwyn is passionate about redefining the role of young people in our society - they have the ambition, creativity and capability to rethink the world and start solving tomorrow's problems today.
David has been treasurer for the AYCC since 2015. He qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK and spent a number of years working for KPMG in financial auditing. He is now a manager within PwC's Sustainability & Climate Change team, and provides environmental assurance and consulting services to some of the biggest natural resource companies in the world. He believes strongly in the power of the youth movement to preserve the planet we know.