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Our team

Our small but passionate team is made up of dedicated law, policy and advocacy experts who have a long history of working for marriage equality and LGBTIQ+ rights.

Anna Brown oam, CeO

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CEO Anna Brown’s fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality co-chairing the Equality Campaign.

Ghassan Kassisieh, Legal Director

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Legal Director Ghassan Kassisieh has been involved in over a decade of LGBTIQ advocacy alongside a commercial litigation career in Australia and overseas.

Lachlan Snow, Development and Partnerships Manager

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Lachlan is responsible for ensuring Equality Australia has the resources it needs to advocate for our community for decades to come. Lachlan is an experienced relationship manager and has worked as a fundraiser for Musica Viva Australia and Story Factory.

Emily Mulligan, Engagement Director

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Emily has more than a decade’s experience winning campaigns, building online communities, fundraising and writing persuasively. Emily was a Campaign Director at GetUp during the Marriage Equality plebiscite building mass support for the Yes vote.

Ymania Brown, Operations Manager (HR/Finance) & Chair TransEquality

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Brisbane-based Ymania is Samoan by birth and a proud Fa’fafine Trans Pacific leader who has driven Pacific trans activism and globally through ILGA World, The International Trans Fund and GIN-SSOGIE.

Tara Ravens, Media Advisor

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Tara Ravens has been a journalist and communications specialist for 25 years.  During her 15 years at the national news agency Australian Associated Press, she worked as NSW Political Correspondent, Northern Australia, Bali and Timor Correspondent, Sydney Chief of Staff and World Editor. Since then she has worked for a range of government agencies, private companies and NGOs on communications strategies, media engagement and crisis management. 

Jasmine Rule, Digital Specialist

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Jasmine has 10 years of experience writing, filming and editing content.  Her previous employment includes Pedestrian TV and NOVA, where she created commercial and editorial videos. Her interest in political activism then took her to GetUp! where she covered the 2022 Federal Election, specialising in video journalism and political satire. 

Max Pick, #TransEquality Project Co-ordinator

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Max is a proud non-binary and trans person with a versatile background. Prior to Equality Australia, Max worked largely in community and administration positions with over 4 years in the disability field, and as a Policy Advisor with the former City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor, Irene Doutney.

Mike Hitch, Digital Campaigner

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Mike Hitch is a Digital Campaigner with over six years of experience in media, journalism and LGBTIQ+ activism. Having specialised in covering politics and social justice, Mike’s work involving Queer and First Nations communities has taught him how people are the greatest tool for driving political change.

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