Kaleesha Morris is a proud Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Kulkalgal woman. She’s a freshwater jija and a proud aunty to all her junuybin. Kaleesha grew up in Bangiigan, otherwise known as South Grafton, and works in language ecology and revitalisation. She is a strong Gumbaynggirr speaker and instructor and has worked across many Aboriginal communities in law and policy, strategy & governance, environmental management and cultural education.
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Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.