Katherine Ellis (she/her)
Chief Executive Officer
Katherine joined YACVic in May 2019 and has over 25 years’ diverse experience in senior positions across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with extensive expertise in youth development policy and practice, organisational leadership and change management, and cross-sectoral collaboration.
Katherine previously worked for six years in London as Director of Youth Affairs at the Commonwealth of Nations, working on youth empowerment policy and programming across 53 countries with governments, youth leaders and other stakeholders. Her career also includes five years leading and transforming the Reach Foundation, as well as periods consulting to other organisations such as Teach for Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians. Earlier, she spent over a decade in the private sector, working both in Australia and internationally in a variety of analysis, strategy and corporate social responsibility roles.
Katherine holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in e-Business, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Diploma of Youth Work. She is also a Non-Executive Director of TRY Australia, a Mentor with Women on Boards, and a Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.
Mija Gwyn (she/her)
Mija has worked with YDAS since May 2017 in the roles of NDIS Readiness Coordinator and Transition Support Package (TSP) Coordinator. Mija has held a range of leadership, governance and management roles in the disability advocacy and arts sectors. She has led and coordinated film festivals, arts and community development programs and projects in Australia and the United Kingdom, including The Other Film Festival.
Mija has a Master of Communication from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne. She is now completing a Master of Public Policy and Management at University of Melbourne.