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Paul Oosting is the National Director of GetUp, a one million strong member-driven organisation that has campaigned for progressive policy in Australia for a decade.
Paul has been with GetUp for four years, driving campaigns on renewable energy, consumer power and the Great Barrier Reef.
He has ushered in a raft of innovative campaign tactics, most notably the Better Power campaign, which empowers GetUp members to reshape the energy market.
Before joining GetUp, Paul led the successful campaign to stop Gunns' proposed pulp mill in Tasmania. The campaign resulted in the protection of over 160,000 hectares of Tasmania's ancient forests.
Paul is regularly interviewed in print, online, radio and TV.
Kelsey Cooke is a Campaigns Director for GetUp, coordinating campaign activity across our Climate Justice, Economic Fairness, Human Rights and Democracy teams.
Since joining GetUp in 2010, Kelsey has developed an intimate working knowledge of our campaigns and membership.
A seasoned campaigner, she has worked on some of our biggest initiatives including our 2016 election campaign.
Kelsey regularly speaks to large public events and the media.
Follow her on Twitter: @kelseybcooke.
Mark Connelly is a Campaigns Director for GetUp. He has led prominent campaigns in Australia, including GetUp's fightback against the Abbott Government's austerity Budget, and in the US as Director of Online Campaigns for MoveOn.org and then for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the most prominent civil liberties organisation in the US. Those campaigns include gazumping a charity auction to secure a surf lesson for a former asylum seeker from then opposition leader Tony Abbott, to organising the ACLU's 'My Big Gay Illegal Wedding' contest to find same-sex couples willing to cross state borders in the most creative way to get married.
Mark practiced corporate law for five years before turning to politics, beginning with a national position coordinating lawyers in the 2004 Kerry-Edwards US presidential campaign. He has a law degree from NYU Law and a Master of Public Policy from Sydney University. Mark is also the author of 'The Last Decision You'll Ever Make'a humorous wedding advice guide (Allen and Unwin).
Follow him on Twitter: @mlconnelly50.
She is also an Australian policy analyst, writer and commentator, and the co-author, with Ian McAuley, of Governomics, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015. Miriam is a member of the Centre for Australian Progress board and a Fellow and former CEO of the Centre for Policy Development, which she co-founded with John Menadue AO and others in 2007. She has been a frequent guest on various TV and radio programs, including the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum, has contributed to several publications and co-edited the CPD books Pushing Our Luck and More Than Luck. Earlier roles include policy editing for NewMatilda.com, researching freedom of speech in East Timor, and organising ideas festivals.
Natalie O'Brien is the Economic Fairness Campaigns Director at GetUp. She spends her days cyberbullying the federal treasurer and begging people on Facebook to care about tax reform. Sick of an economic media landscape dominated by male spokes, Nat would like to see more fierce women speaking out about economic justice. She has a nine point plan to take down neoliberalism. Watch this space.
Follow her on Twitter: @nataliejobrien.
Sally Rugg directs GetUp's campaign for marriage equality, and much of GetUp's video content.
Sally is a seasoned public speaker, advocating for a range of LGBTQIA+ issues including the campaign to save the Safe Schools programme, protesting political prejudice against the queer community as well as marriage equality.
Sally was a finalist for the Honour Awards Young Achiever Award in 2015, was named among the 23 LGBT Australians to Watch in 2016 by SX Magazine and the Top 40 Under Forty by TimeOut.
In her spare time, Sally volunteers with LGBT+ young people at Twenty10.
You can follow Sally on twitter @sallyrugg