The Sydney Alliance is made up of our partner organisations, and we rely on the extensive voluntary and paid leadership that exists in those organisations. However we do employ a small staff to help train and support the practice of community organising.
Lead Organiser (full time) - David Barrow
David is the Lead Organiser at the Sydney Alliance and has been with the Sydney Alliance for 9 years. Over this time David has organised across transport, housing, social inclusion, employment, refugee and energy issues. David has worked closely with faith communities, unions, schools, charities, and migrant communities to build power for the common good. Before coming to the Alliance David had seven years experience organising on and off campus. David was the President of the UTS Union Board, the NSW and then the National Union of Students. As National President, he campaigned in Australia and India to secure the 2009 reforms of International student rights and won increases to youth allowance for rural and poor students. David plays a leadership role within the Uniting Church as a member of the NSW Synod standing committee and as Chair of the Leichhardt Uniting Church council. David has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies. David is proudest of the 150 diverse young leaders he has mentored directly over the last decade. He is a nostalgic Coastie.
Organiser – Asylum Seekers (part time) - Chantelle Ogilvie-Ellis
Chantelle is the Community Organiser for the People Seeking Asylum Campaign, and the Campaign Mentor for Voices for Power. Chantelle joined the Sydney Alliance as a staff member in 2014, after 6 years as a key Alliance leader in her role with the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Justice and Peace Office. Chantelle’s earliest experiences of working for the common good were as a young volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society. She spent five years working with the Young Christian Students and Young Christian Worker Movements, supporting young people to take action in solidarity with refugees and on issues like racism. Chantelle has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations, and a Masters of Theological Studies. In 2006 she was part of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s Inaugural Youth Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship. Chantelle has taught theology in a number of tertiary institutions, and has published articles on themes of interreligious dialogue, spirituality, democratic participation, and organisational change.
Organiser - Voices for Power (full time) - Liuanga Halaifonua Palu
Liuanga is the community organiser for Pacific Communities and Campaign coordinator for Voices for Power. She was introduced to the community organising practice as a Sydney Alliance intern in 2010 and later joined the Sydney Alliance as a staff member 4 years later. Liuanga graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce (Human Resource Management) and went on to begin her career in the Finance Sector Union before moving onto UnitingWorld and then the Uniting Church of Australia’s NSW/ACT Synod. Liuanga’s inspiration to ‘act justly’ for the common good and particularly her passion to work with the Pacific community draws from her faith in Jesus Christ and core Tongan cultural values.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Sukhi Kaur Deo
Sukhi is working with the South Asian Community for the Voices for Power Campaign. Sukhi completed her Bachelor of Psychology in 2008 and Postgraduate Diploma is Social Health and Counselling at Macquarie University in 2015. Sukhi has worked in the Community, Health and Government Sectors as a Therapist and Social worker for over 8 years. Sukhi joined the Sydney Alliance as she is passionate about a range of issues that affect the South Asian Community in Sydney. Sukhi's upbringing and experiences growing up as an Indian and a Sikh in Australia, has driven her desire to bring about change and support for those who experience injustice, discrimination and alienation. Her desire to give a voice to the voiceless and serve others is deeply rooted in her faith as a Sikh which is to see all of the human race as one.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Thuy Linh (Vivien) Nguyen
Thuy is working with the Vietnamese and Filipino communities on issues of affordable and clean energy. Thuy has experience in advocating for climate action with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She has also been involved in policy and research regarding Australia's asylum seeker policy and international human rights. Thuy is particularly passionate about working with ethnically diverse communities to ensure equal access to opportunities and resources so these community can thrive. She hopes that through this project, she will be able to engage with the vibrant Vietnamese community in Sydney and help them address their concerns regarding power and the environment. Thuy has a Bachelor of International Studies and Law.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Abdal Abumustafa
Abdul is working with Sydney’s Muslim Communities. Abdul has a Masters Degree of Islamic Studies from Gaza University & Islamic Manuscripts from Baghdad as well as a Bachelor of Islamic Law from Baghdad. Abdal has a Diploma of Community Services Work and currently completing his Bachelor of Social Work at University of Western Sydney. Abdal has many years of community organising work in Iraq, Palestine and now in Australia. Recently, Abdul graduated from the Sydney Alliance Internship program after six months working within the Alliance and connecting the Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim leaders to the Sydney Alliance Housing Campaign. Abdul is a father of 8 and lives in Western Sydney.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Leah Emmanuel
Leah is a proud Assyrian-Armenian Australian woman working with Sydney’s Middle Eastern Christian communities. Passionate about climate action, Leah has experience campaigning with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Leah is also dedicated to youth development and civic engagement, having worked for 2 years as a volunteer Leadership Coordinator for the YMCA NSW Youth and Government program. Internationally, Leah has experience in advocating for urban social justice: in 2017, she worked with Rujak Centre for Urban Studies in Jakarta whilst also conducting research on resistance to forced eviction. A graduate of human geography, Leah is engaged in Research at the University of Sydney on a global project investigating urban alliances with Dr Kurt Iveson and Dr Amanda Tattersall.
Organiser - Voices for Power (part time) - Eve Altman
Eve Altman is working with the Sydney Jewish Community. Eve has been active in the Jewish Youth Movement Habonim Dror, helping facilitate in 2016 a Year 11 Leadership Training Program, and coordinated the 2016 Summer camp. In 2017 she was elected Chairperson of Habonim Dror Sydney. Eve is currently completing her Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Science at the University of Sydney, and is passionate about empowering young people to create change that they wish to see in their own communities.
Community Organiser - (part time) - Natalie Martignago
Natalie coordinates the Sydney Alliance 2 Day Foundations Training and the Internship program.
As a first generation Australian, Natalie became aware of social injustice from a young age after taking an interest in Australia’s treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum. Eager to contribute to the community she began volunteering her afternoons with refugee kids settled in Western Sydney, as part of St Vincent De Paul’s SPARK program. Having fallen into Sydney Alliance as an intern, she is now devoted to organising Sydney into a city where politics is for the people. Natalie has degrees in Social & Political Sciences and International Studies from UTS.
Office Manager - Liliana Capacchione
Liliana has been an administrator with the Sydney Alliance since mid 2009. She has worked in both private and government employment, with the Sydney Alliance as her first foray into the not-for profit sector. Liliana manages the Sydney Alliance office part-time 3 days per week. Her role encompasses all administrative tasks – from reception, event management, database management, office supplies, to assisting the community organisers.
Accounts Officer - Maggie Galley
Maggie is no stranger to the not for profit industry having worked in a number of not for profit organizations over her working life. Her passion has been to work for organizations that had a purpose to make a better world. Maggie feels that she has landed a jackpot working for Sydney Alliance and loves the diversity of the groups that are part of Sydney Alliance. Maggie works 1 1/2 days a week in keeping the Sydney Alliance accounts in order. Maggie also works voluntarily as a member of an international Christian peace group.