Gary was appointed as Stand Up’s first CEO in 2009 and has played a key role in overseeing the explosive growth of its programs and volunteer community. He studied history and international relations and is passionate about Australian Jewish contributions to social justice. He trains hard to compete in triathlons and be a good dad to his gorgeous son and twin daughters.
Lisa oversees our Sudanese Refugee programs, working closely with the Darfur and Nuba Mountains communities in Melbourne and Sydney. Before joining Stand Up in 2004, Lisa was a special education teacher and worked in the community sector with people experiencing homelessness. Lisa has devoted her life to empowering others to reach their potential, well supported by her husband and 2 children who are always similarly involved. Her ‘office’ is wherever she is needed, whether it be visiting community members in their homes, or on outings around town, forging the close ties that have led her to be highly regarded within the Sudanese community.
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With troves of experience from the architecture and construction industry, Ravit joined Stand Up after a number of years as a devoted volunteer. She effortlessly holds up our administrative pillars.
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After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Arts degree, Jacqui worked at the Law Institute of Victoria as the Young Lawyers’ Manager and later Events Manager, in legal education, publications and social justice reform. Since having her own family, Jacqui now works for her family’s coffee roasting business, in online marketing and business development. She is delighted to be back in the social justice sector, having joined Stand Up, as Marketing and Planning Coordinator.
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After a career in the Higher Education sector working as a Project Manager, Laura decided on a career change and returned to study so she could work with kids with special needs. Her next role in a Western Sydney school led her to spend much of her time with newly arrived refugee students. Upon relocating back to Melbourne with her family, Laura was pleased to take up her current role as Refugee Programs coordinator, and continue her contribution to the empowerment of refugee communities.
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Avia is the coordinator of Stand Up ABC in Sydney, teaching bar and bat mitzvah aged participants about social justice, and empowering them to start making change in the communities around them. Avia is currently studying psychology at Macquarie University. With a background in the youth movement Habonim Dror and AUJS, Avia is passionate about helping youth engage with their Jewish community, and teaching them that they are never too young to be change makers.
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Combining her experiences of co-ordinating the Education committee for an International Leadership Academy overseas, with time spent as Social Action Captain at school, Julia joins Stand up as iCan Program Co-ordinator. Able to enact her deep passion for social justice through leading volunteers to empower Sudanese Youth through academic tutoring and leadership training, Julia feels privileged to utilise her skills to create a platform to uplift participants and help them fulfil their aspirations.
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George has been working in the community development sector in Australia, Israel and Eastern Europe for the past 10 years. He is an experienced educator and leadership practitioner having facilitated seminars and workshops in the areas of young adult Leadership, Jewish Engagement and Social Justice.
George is a strong believer in education as the most powerful tool in transforming an individual and the community they impact. He holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from Tel Aviv University and received his BA in English Literature and Classical Hebrew from Sydney University.
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Annette joins the Stand Up team having recently worked for almost 10 years at NCJWA(Vic) as first the Executive Director and then as Programs and Events Manager. Prior to that Annette worked in local government at the City of Boroondara in community development and providing a casework service. Her social work background has enabled her to work with wide ranging communities across a plethora of social issues and she has established award winning programs and projects that continue to this day.
Annette has always focused on making a real difference in people’s lives, she brings a wealth of experience, creativity, innovation and a passion for enabling the growth of the organisation.
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Fran started out volunteering for Stand Up because she wanted to give back to the Community.
Wanting to make a difference, Fran assisted in Administration Duties where she could.
Now Fran has become an integral part of the Administration Team, assisting Staff from both Melbourne and Sydney Offices.
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After volunteering with us for several years, Yvette has joined the Stand Up team in our Sydney office. Her diverse experience includes everything from community engagement to marketing. She loves working with people and projects that are determined to make a positive difference in the world.
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Bianca began her Stand Up journey in 2016 by volunteering with our iCan program. She has a passion for grass roots social change through youth empowerment and education and is an advocate for substantive equality through the realisation of human rights and social justice. Bianca is currently studying Arts/Law and has a background in youth leadership at Habonim Dror. Bianca believes that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place through everyday actions and Tikkun Olam.
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Polita is a Program Facilitator on The Stand Up Fellowship, she is also the Program Producer at The School of Life Sydney. She comes from the performing arts world, having trained as an actor & musician, and has an engrained love of storytelling and the exploration of human nature.
Her career has been multi-faceted, from working with Yoga & meditation schools as a community manager to engaging in the bustling world of start ups & not-for-profits within marketing & PR. At the core of everything Polita does is a need to help foster and create positive social change.
She has an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit, having established her own social enterprise, The Quest; a scavenger adventure hunt through Sydney that acts as a charity fundraiser.
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Ian is the consumer marketing lead at Microsoft Australia working across brands including Xbox, Windows, Office & Surface. Ian was one of the founders of the Derech Eretz program with his cousin Melanie Schwartz
Arnold is a founding member of Jewish Aid Australia and One Umbrella (now Fare Share). Arnold was also a Senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Monash University.
Nicky is co-owner and legal counsel of UHG, a health services company that connects organisations with the healthcare community.
Ellie is currently serving as the Company Secretary of Stand Up. Ellie works as a Management Consultant with a focus on Customer Consulting and has worked with major Australian clients including World Vision Australia, Bupa Health Insurance, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Lion Dairy & Drinks. Prior to this Board appointment, Ellie has volunteered for programs including Food Rescue, Homework Club and Derech Eretz.
Amanda manages the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group, and has 18 years’ experience in investment banking, private equity, structured finance, non-profit management and strategic planning. Amanda also sits on the board of another non-profit organisation, The Observership Program.
Catherine has spent the last 16 years building the public policy and implementation institute, Global Access Partners, and has been involved in various not-for-profit activities including co-founding ThreadTogether.org
Sidra is Head of Jewish Studies (Secondary) at Bialik College.