Executive Director

For the past twenty years, Janelle Weissman has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS. She has developed, managed and evaluated programs to secure equal opportunities for women and girls through leadership and life skills development in diverse settings.

Since joining the team at UN Women National Committee Australia in 2014, funds raised to support UN Women programs to empower and protect women have nearly doubled, with a record $800,000 contributed to UN Women in 2017. Janelle was a member of the inaugural Ride for Rights 2016 team, cycling alongside 25 champions for UN Women who together raised more than $129,000 for UN Women programs that they visited along their 325 km journey in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Janelle has served on numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality. She currently serves on the Council of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT).

Prior to her move to Australia, Janelle served as Executive Director of two organisations: Social Venture Partners Boulder County (SVP), and the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation. As a part of the global SVP network, she facilitated grant-making, coordinated capacity building projects, and provided training to non-profits, Boards and donors to help increase their impact on communities. At the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation, she worked across generations to develop and implement a grant-making strategy to support organisations building bridges to promote peace and coexistence around the world

Janelle completed her Masters in Non-profit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado USA, as a Colorado Trust Fellow, in 2001, and her Masters in International Studies at the University of Queensland, as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, in 2009.