Founding Chair

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Carol Schwartz is a passionate advocate for women in leadership. An eminent leader herself, Carol was recognised as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. In 2011. she was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. 

Together with her husband Alan and their four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation as a vehicle for their philanthropic activities. The Trawalla Foundation invests in exceptional individuals and organisations, with focuses on strengthening gender equality, creativity, sustainability and social justice within our society.

Carol believes in mobilising women to create change. She is the Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, and works very closely with this initiative to catalyse and strengthen its work and mission. She is one of the leading agitators for change of women’s representation in Australia, and is the driver of the Women for Media initiative, which aims to increase female representation in our media.

Carol is also Founding Chair of Our Community, which works to build strong communities through stronger community organisations.
As one of Australia's most dynamic leaders, Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her achievements in business and her contribution to community and the arts.


Non Executive Director

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Denis Moriarty is the Group Managing Director of Our Community. He has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He was the former head of the Victorian Government’s Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy, and former Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Commission.

Denis is a graduate of both the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and the Williamson Community Leadership program, and a member of several non-profit and private boards. He is passionate for change and improving the lives of the most disadvantaged in society, not in a charitable notion but one based on communities taking charge of their own destiny.

He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for his work in establishing Our Community and he sees Our Community as an organisation to assist, inspire and encourage debate and improve the social fabric and soul of Australia through its 600,000 community organisations.


Non Executive Director

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Vanessa is the General Manager of the Not-for-Profit Sector Banking business at the Commonwealth Bank. A banker with 20 years’ experience, Vanessa has spent the bulk of her career focused on creating and growing customer-centric businesses and service propositions.

Prior to taking up her current position at the Commonwealth Bank, Vanessa spent a decade at Westpac in a variety of roles, including founding and leading Westpac’s Social Sector Banking business and subsequently heading up a business-critical program to reward customer loyalty and build advocacy.

Vanessa grew up working on her family farm in the Riverina, giving her an appreciation of the importance of a strong community, which she demonstrates in her passion for enabling not-for-profit organisations to build and serve vibrant communities.


Non Executive Director

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Kathy is Executive Director of Our Community, and a Director of the Our Community Foundation.

With a background in journalism and a long-standing passion for community, equality and social justice, Kathy contributes to strategy formulation and implementation at Our Community and GiveNow, as well as overseeing content and publications.

Kathy has a strong interest and expertise in ethical business, having joined the Our Community team in its formative years and enthusiastically embracing the challenges of charting a new course. She has played a key role in the development of GiveNow, as well as other significant Our Community initiatives such as SmartyGrants, which is now Australia’s leading grants management system.

Kathy is involved in a range of not-for-profit causes on a voluntary basis, including the RACV Community Foundation and a local Cemetery Trust.


Non Executive Director

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Cathy Truong is Executive Director of GiveNow. She has worked in the third sector for the past fifteen years, with a focus on effective philanthropic practices and capacity building for non-profit organisations.

Most recently, Cathy was Executive Officer of the Trawalla Foundation. Cathy remains active on not-for-profit boards, including the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust, and Social Ventures Australia’s Social Impact Fund (Investment Committee). She is a member of the Impact Investment Australia Working Group.


In the past Cathy has worked with the Social Impact and Leadership & Learning teams at Social Ventures Australia. She was responsible for the project management of numerous projects for SVA, ranging from the social enterprise reporting framework through to the introduction of the new online financial training tool designed to support non-profit CEOs and executives.

Cathy’s experience in the non-profit sector also includes roles as the Capacity Builder Manager for the Foundation for Young Australians and as an Executive Director of Our Community. Prior to this, she held senior positions in the corporate sector including Co-Founder & Product Director for and as Senior Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting (Telecommunications & Information) in the Melbourne, New York and Hong Kong offices.

Cathy’s past board roles include those with Urban Seed, Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria and local education councils.


Non Executive Director

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Ruby Schwartz is an audio producer and researcher currently based in New York City at Pineapple Street Media, a podcasting company.


Prior to that, Ruby worked as a research assistant and podcast producer for the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. She has also co-hosted a weekly intersectional feminist news and current affairs program on 3CR community radio, produced audio stories for FBI Radio's All The Best, and written for the Sydney Morning Herald's Daily Life.


Ruby completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2016. She wrote a thesis on gendered cyber harassment and women's experiences online. Ruby is a recent graduate of the Transom Story Workshop, a nine-week course for audio storytellers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
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