The Australian Youth Climate Coalition



National Director

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.

Communications Director

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 youthcentred 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. 

Creative Director

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 Sykes

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.