Prior to joining the ACTU Sally was the Branch Secretary and an Organiser with the ASU in NSW and the ACT for 22 years. During Sally's time as ASU Secretary their membership grew from 9,500 to 12,000 members. She has led many successful campaigns in the private, public and community sectors including a campaign preventing water privatisation and the Equal Pay campaign for community and disability workers that delivered between 18-40% pay increases.
Dr Cassandra Goldie has been CEO of ACOSS since July 2010. With extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people who are disadvantaged and civil society in international, national and local grassroots processes.
Former Director of Digital Strategies at AFL-CIO & Australian Progress Expert-in-Residence
For the last five years, Nicole led the Digital Strategies team at the AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor federation, to bring the latest in political and organizing technology to the fight for working families. Previously, she was the Organising Director at the Sunlight Foundation, where she worked to build grassroots support for open government initiatives. At Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee she managed the online-to-offline program through the fight for Obamacare. And on Obama's 2008 campaign, she directed the national phonebank program for GOTV after working in a number of other field and digital roles from the primary to the general election. She also used to teach middle school and still gets excited about lesson plan ideas. Nicole’s been involved in campaigning since high school, when she joined the Philadelphia Student Union… and when she organised her drama club to overthrow the tyrannical staff sponsors. She’s been an organiser and campaigner ever since. Nicole is super excited be here in Australia as an Expert-in-Residence for the Centre for Australian Progress. She can talk for hours about campaigning, organising, civic engagement, the labor movement, digital strategies, education policy, organisational change, political technology, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, theatre as pedagogy, and management and leadership development in the progressive movement.