Jess Nitschke (she/they)

Project Support Coordinator

Working on Kaurna Land

As a Project Support Coordinator, Jess’s role is to support the next phase of development for TACSI’s fastest growing projects and networks.

Before moving to the for-purpose sector, Jess worked in state and federal politics. She began her career working with a Member of Parliament in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, and managed the Canberra office during sitting weeks.

Jess moved on to advise the Labor government in South Australia across the portfolios for industrial relations and workplace health, safety, and wellbeing, and later advised the Victorian Greens Party Room on climate, environment, water, resources, and national parks.

Outside of politics, Jess has worked in roles at Amnesty International Australia, Oxfam South Africa, The Smith Family, and GetUp! Australia. Her career highlight is co-creating the Boots Off campaign that helped win fair pay and footy boots for the inaugural AFL Women’s League.

Jess joins TACSI to read, think, learn, grow, and connect as much as she can. She wants to cultivate an emerging generation of systems thinkers, thought leaders, and social innovators. Her specialty is being endlessly curious about  testing ideas under every metaphysical lens so she can understand the why of how things work.

When her brain isn’t running free at TACSI, you’ll find Jess studying an astrophysics unit at RMIT and accruing flying hours towards her Recreational Pilots Licence. The rest of the time she is at the beach.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts at Monash University and completed an Honours thesis specialising in human rights theory and politics.

Studying a Masters of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Melbourne, and is due to graduate in 2023.

Fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress.

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