Stephanie Cunio works with the Climate Action Network of Australia as convenor of the Community Organising Hub. Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the ’90s, 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.
Kristyn is currently a Director at Reveille. Reveille works with membership organisations committed to helping their members make transformative change in Australia.
Motivated by a desire to impact for the common good, Kristyn has worked for over 20 years in the trade union movement as an organiser, campaigner, educator and senior leader. In addition to paid work, Kristyn has practiced leadership within her local school community, her church, in the Sydney Alliance and is currently a board member of two not-for-profit organisations.
For over 10 years, Kristyn worked in the Australian Services Union, 7 of those years as the Branch Secretary of the NSW Services and Airlines Branch, organising and campaigning for workers rights. She then moved to a role within the Australian Council of Trade Unions Organising Centre, responsible for working with unions to win by planning (both strategically and operationally), campaigning, developing leaders at all levels and facilitating organisational change. Her final role at the ACTU was that of Director of Leadership Programs and culminated in the NexGen organising conference in 2017.
Kristyn’s broad experience enables her to facilitate and challenge leaders to think about their work across all levels and functions within an organisation in order to achieve purpose.
Lindsay Soutar is a Network Organiser with the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) Network Support Team. Prior to working with the Climate Action Network Lindsay was the National Director and founder of Solar Citizens, where she spent more than 8 years as a campaigner and community organiser working for a renewable powered future.
Jack Bertolous has been at Market Forces for 3 years where I’m currently Research Coordinator. He enjoys helping people understand how their finances help and hinder climate action and empowering them to align their money with their values. Jack completed the Community Organising Fellowship in 2017.
Tim Lo Surdo is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour - Australia’s first national racial justice campaigning organisation led by people of colour. Previously, Tim was a Senior Organiser at United Voice, led 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, was the National Communications Director for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
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. Millie is a COF2014 graduate.
Pablo Brait has volunteered and worked on climate, fossil fuel and renewable energy campaigns since 2007. His main focus is helping people work together to build the power they need to win. Pablo is a campaigner with MarketForces.
Dan Spencer worked with the Port Augusta community and its allies from 2012-2017 on the Repower Port Augusta campaign that won a new, $650 million solar thermal plant to be built in the region creating clean energy and new jobs following the closure of the city’s two coal fired power stations. Dan now works as a Senior Campaigner at the Australian Services Union SA+NT Branch and previously worked as a campaigner/organiser at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Solar Citizens.
Kate Smolski is an environmental advocate with over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, campaign strategy, media relations, policy and lobbying. As a grassroots organiser and campaigner Kate has worked for several leading US environmental non-profits including Green Corps, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. Kate moved to Sydney in 2012; she now leads the Nature Conservation Council of NSW as the CEO, after two years as the Campaigns Director. Kate co-founded the Community Organising Fellowship.
Gemma Borgo-Caratti is the National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to stepping up, Gemma was AYCC’s campaign and programs co-director, driving strategy and the rollout of AYCC’s campaigns and programs through their huge grassroots network across the country. Gemma been with the AYCC since 2010 as a NSW State Coordinator, National Fundraising Director and Campaigner and recently led their successful Don’t Risk the Reef campaign which saw Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank publicly withdraw from coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. Gemma is passionate about empowering young people to take action on climate change and has run training days for hundreds of young people and even facilitated climate change workshops in the Antarctic. Gemma is a COF2014 graduate.
Chloe Aldenhoven has been campaigning for action on climate change and keeping fossil fuels in the ground since 2009. After joining the Quit Coal collective in 2012 Chloe began working as campaigner and community organiser at Friends of the Earth. She has worked with communities across the state to resist onshore gas and fracking, playing a core role in building a social movement that achieved a permanent ban on fracking and a long term moratorium on all gas exploration in Victoria. She is now working at the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity and is a volunteer member of Friends of the Earth’s Sustainable Cities Collective. Chloe is a COF2014 graduate.
Annie Kia has strong faith in collective intelligence. With threats to our life support systems and to democracy, she believes we need to deepen social movement know-how, so that a great many of us hold it, and strengthen it, together.
Annie first experienced People Power in her 20s, when she started learning from scholars and practitioners of nonviolent resistance, and engaged in the anti-nuclear movement of that time.
Her work experience includes TAFE teaching, counseling, organizational change and health promotion. In this latter role she immersed herself in learning how whole populations change – how they can adopt new behaviours via network cascades, and about emergent, complex systems. She started applying the Cynefin framework in collaborative projects. Using these concepts, she helped midwife a collaboration of regional organisations to act on climate change – Sustain Northern Rivers.
When her region was threatened by coal seam gasfields, Annie threw herself into the Northern Rivers campaign – as part of a capacity building team whose goal was scaling up the movement.
She co-developed a process of grassroots democracy called Gasfield Free Communities. After door-to-door surveys, communities unilaterally declared their district Gasfield Free. Her understanding of the Cynefin framework helped this go to scale and there were eventually 147 self-declared communities in the Northern Rivers. Reaching across every political affiliation, this process contributed to mass-movement dynamics at the Bentley Blockade.
In late 2012 Annie started working for Lock The Gate Alliance. Her role was to build the capacity of frontline communities to grow their movements, including the ongoing evolution of Mining Free communities. There are now more than 460 Gasfield Free, or Coal Free communities in Australia.