Devett Kennedy (nee O'Brien) is the Lead Organiser of the Queensland Community Alliance. He has served in this role since 2018, after joining the Alliance in 2015 as an organiser. He is the former Secretary-General of the International Young Catholic Students movement, a global movement of 3.5 million members.
From Paris to Whyalla to Woodridge, Devett has 20 years experience in developing ordinary citizens as transformative leaders in their own lives, their communities and the broader society through values-based social action.
Devett has been the organiser behind much of the Alliance’s most successful organising including funding better public transport in Logan, Establishment of community maternity hubs, and Concession fares for people seeking asylum.
He passionately believes that building habits of relational power, deep listening, public action, and strong organisation are our best hope of creating lasting democratic change.
Devett is active in the St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Parish in Marsden.
Elise joined the Queensland Community Alliance as an organiser in 2017 and comes from regional South Australia. She was inspired by Nottingham Citizens to practise broad-based organising back in Australia while studying law and politics on exchange.
Elise has been organising around loneliness in the suburbs. She has worked to bring together local community and faith leaders with the University of QLD School of Psychology to create an internationally unique, social prescribing network which connects isolated people from primary health care into community groups across Mt Gravatt.
Before this she co-ordinated a Christian, high school student movement against kids in immigration detention, fundraised for not-for-profits and ran the first Australian Catholic Youth Listening exchanges between young people and Catholic Bishops.
Emily Kain joined the Alliance as an organiser in 2020. She brings experience organising in the environment movement and has been a workplace delegate for the The Services Union.
Emily currently works with our Logan leaders building a strong district alliance across Logan City. She is also organising on our Real Jobs for a Real Future campaign.