Esther has over 20 years experience in the not for profit sector, working in senior leadership roles for environmental and philanthropic organisations.
From the mid 1990s Esther held leadership roles in environment organisations. She was Director of Environment Victoria for 4.5 years from 1996, expanding the campaign base of the organisation to tackle a wide range of environmental issues. Esther collaborated extensively with other organisations to achieve shared goals, and worked to establish initiatives to strengthen the capacity of the environment movement. In 2001 Esther became the inaugural CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation, building a strong organisation and establishing innovative programs to engage the community in sustainable energy and emission reduction initiatives.
From 2005 to 2010 Esther consulted to a wide range of not-for-profit and government organisations, providing strategic advice, policy and program development on sustainability issues.
Esther then worked with Changemakers Australia for three years, firstly as a consultant and then as Executive Officer. This organisation spearheaded social change philanthropy initiatives, with a strong focus on the role of philanthropy in supporting advocacy. Under Esther’s leadership, Changemakers led a philanthropic collaboration championing the establishment of a statutory definition of charity. These efforts resulted in Parliament passing the Charities Act 2013, providing a strong legal foundation for charitable advocacy.
Esther holds a Master of Arts from Melbourne University, a Graduate Diploma of Business and a Bachelor of Arts.