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.
Emily Kain is an organiser with the Queensland Community Alliance.
Originally from Campbelltown in South West Sydney, Emily is deeply driven to organise the working class to engage in public life. She has eight years’ experience as an organiser and trainer through the climate movement and with the Alliance.
Currently, Emily spends half of her work time with leaders in Logan to win secure, local jobs, and the other half with leaders in Townsville interested in establishing an Alliance in North Queensland. She is an active delegate and member of the Services Union and the Chair of the Queensland Conservation Council.
Emily finds joy in cooking for friends, hanging out in the bush and spending time with her sisters and niece.
Seblework (Seble) Tadesse
Seblework Tadesse joined the Alliance as an organiser in 2021, and she has been involved with the Alliance in different compacity. She was a founding member of the QCA board and member of the leadership council science 2013.
Seble is a Community Leader, Cultural Specialist and Social Justice Advocate. She is Skilled in Cultural Diversity, Creativity Skills, Public Speaking, and Media.
Seble is a passionate advocate for empowering and promoting the CALD community. She stands for equipping CALD community members to lead change in their communities, families, and workplaces.
Seble arrived in Australia in 2009 from Uganda, born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she also achieved her first degree (in marketing and management).
Seble's passion for social justice issues has seen her avidly voice her stand for democracy and human rights on many platforms. In addition, her journey for social justice has led her to be involved in many varied and innovative projects.
She is a regular guest on SBS Amharic radio, a founder of the ESAT (Ethiopian satellite service). She is the Director of SCH and the lead project worker on the Family Violence Prevention Project. A driver of the community leads DFV prevention and system change.
Since 2014, her work has been dedicated to preventing Domestic and Family Violence in CALD communities by engaging men, women and families in strengths-based prevention activities. Seblework is a member of the Domestic and Family Violence steering committee of the largest CALD Community Leaders Gathering (CLG) network in Brisbane, QLD.
Seble is also a wife, a mother of two young girls, and a leader of the Ethiopian community.
Stephen has been involved with the Alliance since becoming becoming an active participant in the Mt Gravatt district organising in 2018. In August 2019 he accepted the role as Administration Coordinator. He has spent many years in the community, NFP and union sectors in both executive and non-executive administrative roles.
Stephen is passionate about community and fervently believes the Alliance has a pivotal role in shaping public decision-making both now and into the future.
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