She is CEO of Environmental Leadership Australia, a not-for-profit with a small, skilled team of 5, working to foster leadership to address the climate crisis within the community, politics and philanthropy.
Anna became an environmental campaigner at age 14. At age 22, she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a movement of over 120,000 young people. Anna is also a co-founder and board director of Farmers for Climate Action, a movement of over 5000 farmers working towards climate solutions behind and beyond the farm gate. In 2019 she co-founded Australia’s first climate-advocacy focused giving circle, Groundswell, which raises and re-grants funds to high impact climate interventions. Previously Anna was Head of Earth Hour for WWF-Australia, where she remains a Governor. She is a former board Director of Solar Citizens, Green Music Australia, the Aussie Farmers Foundation, and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute.
Anna is a former Churchill Fellow, Myer Foundation Innovation Fellow and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Earthcare award. She was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2019.
Anna co-starred in the documentary “I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change” which was aired on Australia’s national broadcaster in 2012.. She is the author of the book “Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic” and she has written for all major Australian newspapers as well as journals Griffith Review and Quarterly Essay.
Anna was the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year. She is an Associate at Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change Centre. She is the former course co-convener for the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence. Anna holds an Arts/ Law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney.