The Team

Executive Director

Renee Carr 

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate about growing movements for change. At Fair Agenda she has led campaigns that have: secured millions in additional funding for domestic violence services, stopped almost a billion dollars of cuts to parental leave, and helped decriminalise abortion in Queensland, NSW and South Australia. In 2015 she was named as one of Australia's '100 Women of Influence'.

Before co-founding Fair Agenda, Renee was part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million in additional funding from countries for global polio eradication efforts. Renee completed a Bachelors of Law and Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Shae Flanagan

Campaign Manager

Shae Flanagan is a digital campaigner and community organiser from South Africa, and has worked professionally in progressive campaigning in both Australia and Ireland. Shae has achieved impact across a range of campaigns including Covid-19 health response, online privacy, maternity leave provisions and education reform. They are particularly passionate about the power of ordinary people to advocate for change and has worked with a wide range of members, activists, communities and organisations to strengthen social change participation.

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.

Liz Hadjia

Senior Campaigner

Liz is campaigner and community organiser. Before joining the Fair Agenda team she worked across human rights and environment movements, with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, ActionAid, Amnesty International and Oxfam. She has run campaigns to re-power NSW with 100% clean energy, and built an activist network at ActionAid Australia to fight for women’s climate and economic justice.

Liz is passionate about connecting people to a cause and supporting them to create change. She holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and a Master of International Development from the University of Sydney.

Alyssa Shaw

Alyssa Shaw

Campaign Manager

Alyssa has held leadership roles across government, private sector and not-for-profit organisations. She has managed national campaigns and projects including Raise the Rate, shEqual, and NAIDOC Week. She has also served as the CEO of a charity focused on student welfare, driving successful campaigns on housing, economic security and migrant support. As Women’s Officer for the postgraduate student peak Alyssa led the organisation’s national response to sexual violence on campus, helping to secure improved responses and significant ongoing financial commitments to resource support for survivors and prevention initiatives.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has a Masters focusing on gender studies and intersectional feminist theory, both from the Australian National University.

Board of Directors

Jessica Kendall

Co-Chair

Jessica Kendall is the Founding Co-Director of the Economic Media Centre. She specialises in strategic communications, and has 19 years’ experience in public affairs, media placement, public relations and stakeholder engagement.

She has previously worked as Association Director of Essential Media Communications, and as a Communications Manager with WWF-Australia, and has also worked in government, and as a stakeholder specialist for a number of federal government agencies.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Art from Melbourne University, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Urban Environmental Management from RMIT and a Diploma of Government.  She’s a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and The Communications Network (US). 

Katherine Tu

Co-Chair

Kat is the Head of Policy & Campaigns at ActionAid Australia. She formerly served as a campaign director at SumOfUs - a global digital organisation campaigning to curb growing corporate power, with a focus on Australian campaigns and fundraising. Kat has also worked at a fundraising agency for non-profits, as an election organiser, and as a climate grassroots organiser. She is particularly passionate about equity, racial justice, and intersectional feminism. Kat holds a combined Bachelor of Arts and Law from the University of Sydney.

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Kamna Muddagouni

Deputy Chair

Kamna is a Senior Anti-Discrimination Lawyer in the Equality Law Program at Victoria Legal Aid, and a Joan Kirner Emerging Leader. She advocates for people who are experiencing social and economic disadvantage and experience discrimination in all areas of public life. She previously was a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and a lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Relations team.

Kamna was also the Communications Manager at Road to Refuge, a not for profit organisation creating a positive discourse on people seeking asylum in Australia through empathy driven campaigning. Her particular interests are in issues that impact women of culturally and linguistically diverse background and young women.  

Rebecca Wilson

Board Member and Co-Founder

Rebecca currently serves as Chief Global Officer at Change.org. Previously she served as the Deputy Director at the Centre for Australian Progress. She has also previously worked as the Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries. Rebecca has also served as Chief of Staff at GetUp, and worked as an advisor to the Independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

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Lindy Stephens

Board Member

Lindy is an independent consultant and leadership coach in the software industry, focusing on helping companies maintain their culture during periods of rapid growth, and assisting businesses in building diverse teams.Previously Lindy spent ten years as a senior leader at global software consultancy ThoughtWorks. She has a background in software delivery, with over ten years as a Project Manager for large and complex software projects, primarily in the finance sector.

Lindy is passionate about the ability of great software to change the world, and creating a diverse culture within the IT industry to enable that. Her particular focus is in making technology a career of choice for young women.

Lee Carnie

Board Member

Lee is a human rights lawyer and social justice advocate, with experience in strategic litigation, public advocacy, grassroots campaigning, policy research, political engagement and community legal education. Lee currently works as the Executive Director of Advocacy at the Foundation for Young Australians. 

Prior to joining FYA, Lee was the Strategic Advocacy & Policy Manager at Victoria Legal Aid. They also played an active role in campaigning for LGBTIQ+ rights, including marriage equality, adoption equality, fairer birth certificate laws, anti-discrimination protections and expungement of historical homosexual convictions as the founding Director of Legal Advocacy at Equality Australia. Lee was also part of kickstarting the national campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights as a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre. Lee's career started as a frontline lawyer in community legal centres, and they are deeply passionate about real change that makes a meaningful difference to people's daily lives.

Caterina Giorgi

Board Member

Caterina has extensive experience in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and for-purpose sectors. Throughout her career, Caterina has focused on reducing inequity and improving health and social outcomes through strategic advocacy.

Caterina is currently the CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, a not-for-profit organisation striving for an Australia free from alcohol harm. Caterina also founded and led For Purpose, which works with not-for-profit and purpose-driven organisations to build their strategic, advocacy and communications capacity to create positive social change. She has an Honours Degree in Public Health, was a finalist of the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards

Our advisors

The Fair Agenda team is supported by volunteer advisors from across the country, who generously contribute their expertise in policy and strategy on our Policy Advisory Council and Leadership Council. 

Our volunteers

We’re also lucky to have the support of a number of generous volunteers who contribute their time to help make Fair Agenda’s campaigns possible. We’d particularly like to thank Hannah, Liz and Allison for donating their time to support Fair Agenda's work. 

 

To find out about opportunities to join the Fair Agenda team click here.