Our staff


CATERINA GIORGI, Chief Executive Officer

Caterina has extensive experience in leadership roles in advocacy 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 founded and led For Purpose, a national organisation working with other not-for-profit and purpose-driven organisations to build their strategic, advocacy and communications capacity to create positive social change. Caterina also worked previously at FARE, heading up the Policy and Research Team.

Caterina has presented at national and international conferences and delivered training and workshops on strategy, advocacy and public policy.

She has an Honours Degree in Public Health, was a finalist of the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards, and is a Fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gabrielle Kuta
Administration Assistant

Communications and Campaigns

Adam Knobel, Communications and Campaigns Director

Adam has worked as a campaign director, communication strategist and digital specialist across public education, community health and LGBTIQ+ law reform.

Adam was previously Digital Campaign Director on the Australian Marriage Equality campaign. He was the second staff member to join the YES Equality Campaign, working as part of the leadership team with responsibility for digital strategy, supporter engagement and online fundraising.

Prior to joining FARE, Adam led Communications at the NSW Teachers Federation and supported for purpose organisations to develop or enhance their campaign strategy, including being a friend and strategic advisor of the Marriage Equality Coalition in Taiwan and emerging campaigns across the Asia Pacific region.

Kirsty Waterford
Media Manager

Senior Communications Advisor

Senior Communications Advisor

Senior Digital Engagement Advisor

Graphic Designer

Policy and Research

MELANIE POOLE, Policy and Research director

Melanie has worked in director roles across strategy, campaigns, policy, research and evaluation for NGOs and unions in both Australia and the United States. She has held leadership and board director roles at community and Aboriginal legal centres, and at their peak bodies. She has also worked in international development, including as a program evaluator in Pakistan, and as CARE’s United Nations representative in New York.

Melanie is the founder of See Your Change – a social enterprise that works with for purpose organisations to strengthen their work. See Your Change recently led The Justice Map, a research initiative examining mass incarceration in Australia.

Melanie holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, where she was the Anne Wexler – Fulbright Public Policy Scholar, and Arts and Law degrees from the Australian National University. 

Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Policy Advisor

Senior Policy and Research Advisor

Senior Policy and Research Advisor

Projects and Partnerships

JO LE, Projects and Partnerships Director

Joanna has led communication and engagement campaigns on issues such as alcohol harm prevention and achieving gender equality, brokered cross-sector partnerships to support women’s leadership, and developed business strategies to launch innovative affordable housing solutions.

As Projects and Partnerships Director at FARE, Joanna is responsible for overseeing funding development, health promotion and partnerships for the organisation.

Joanna was recently recognised for her innovation, leadership, and impact in the community sector as a national finalist in the 2019 Third Sector Awards.

Joanna is a former Board Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT and Region, YWCA Canberra and the Youth Coalition of the ACT.

Joanna holds a Masters of Strategic Communication from the University of Canberra, a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from the Harvard Business School.

National Health Campaign Manager

National Partnerships and Development Manager

Senior Projects and Partnerships Advisor

Health Projects Lead

Health Campaign Advisor

Senior Health Promotion Officer

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