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Janelle Weissman

Executive Director of UN Women National Committee Australia

For the past twenty years, Janelle Weissman has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from empowering women through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS. In the USA, she served as Executive Director of two organisations: Social Venture Partners Boulder County (SVP), and the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation. As a part of the global SVP network, she facilitated grantmaking, coordinated capacity building projects, and provided training to nonprofits, Boards and donors to help increase their impact on communities. At the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation, she worked across generations to develop and implement a grantmaking strategy to support organisations building bridges to promote peace and coexistence around the world. Janelle has developed, managed and evaluated programs to empower women and girls through leadership and life skills development. Since joining UN Women National Committee Australia in 2014, funds raised to support UN Women programs to empower and protect women have nearly doubled, with $750,000 contributed to UN Women in 2015. Janelle was a member of the inaugural Ride for Rights 2016 team, cycling alongside 25 extraordinary champions for UN Women who together raised more than $129,000 for UN Women programs that they visited along their 325 km journey in Vietnam and Cambodia. Janelle has served on numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality. Most recently, she was elected to the Council of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). Janelle completed her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado USA, as a Colorado Trust Fellow, in 2001, and her Masters in International Studies at the University of Queensland, as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, in 2009.