Zoe holds a law degree and a Masters of Human Rights. Zoe worked for 7 years as a insolvency lawyer and has spent the last 3 years at Deloitte Sydney working in internal strategy roles. Zoe also volunteered for a number of months for an organisation based in Houston, Texas for an organisation that represented death row inmates.
Having both experience in the professional services industry and the not for profit industry means that Zoe brings a balance of passion coupled with a “can do” attitude to her role as CEO of YFoundations. Zoe firmly believes that the youth should be given every opportunity to succeed and set themselves up for success, and that starts with a stable home and access to basic human rights that allow them to reach their full potential. Zoe is enthusiastic, energetic, and pragmatic and thoroughly enjoys collaborating with people to achieve a purpose and an outcome. YFoundations was an organisation that Zoe wanted to work with because of the foundations and values it represents, and the opportunities it provides to the youth.
In her own life, Zoe is a proud step mother to three children, a sports fan and a traveller.
Natalia is a Projects and Policy Officer at Yfoundations and works with the youth homelessness sector to bring about positive change to the lives of vulnerable young people.
Natalia holds a psychology degree, a law degree and a Master of International Legal Practice. She spent a year working in policy and advocacy for a women’s rights organisation in London, before joining the Yfoundations team after a year travelling around Australia.
Through her work Natalia is committed to human rights, social justice and bringing about long term change to address disadvantage.
When she’s not at work, Natalia enjoys rowing, chasing waterfalls and brunch in the sun!
Jessie is Yfoundations Policy and Projects Officer and has a particular passion for incorporating young people’s voice and perspective into our work. Jessie began working at Yfoundations in 2012 whilst completing a Masters of Social Health and Counselling through Macquarie University. After 3 years at Yfoundations, and having graduated from university, she left to travel the world. Jessie returned to Sydney and gained frontline experience as a Case Worker, working with children and young people at risk of and experiencing homelessness. This frontline work allowed Jessie to fully comprehend the complexity of homelessness and how it impacts all aspects of a young persons life. Since then, Jessie has returned to Yfoundations and brought new knowledge and insights into her new role.
In her spare time Jessie enjoys ocean swims, travelling, and enthusiastic singalongs to power ballads.
Gemma joined the Yfoundations team in 2018, bringing her experience in homelessness research.
Gemma has spent 6 years working at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with a primary focus on housing and homelessness. She managed the NSW/ACT homelessness count for the 2016 Census, and continues to advise the ABS as a member of their Homelessness Statistics Reference Group.
Gemma is passionate about using research to raise awareness and solve social issues. She has worked at NGOs, collaborating with staff to conduct research and program evaluation. Gemma is particularly proud to have worked on the Mission Australia Youth Survey, revealing insights into youth mental health, homelessness, and the impact of social inequality on career aspirations.
Gemma holds a Bachelor in Psychology (honours) and a Masters of Policy and Applied Social Research.
Outside of research, Gemma’s passions are architecture, travel, and adventures with friends.
Ben is Yfoundations Health Promotion and Training Officer, he delivers sexual health competency training for youth workers across the state as well as collaborating with partners to improve sexual health outcomes for young people in NSW. Ben believes strongly in confronting disadvantage wherever it exists and working towards equitable solutions. Ben has worked for Yfoundations in various capacities since 2012, he has also worked as a frontline youth worker in community services and for a large NGO delivering life skills programs inside a Juvenile Justice facility.
Before working in the community sector Ben was as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. When not at work Ben is an avid cyclist, lover of nature, aspiring jeweller and proud dog owner.
Nusrat is a young public health professional who recently completed her Masters in Health Services Management. It was her willingness to help people and her ability to empathise that motivated her to complete her medical school following post-graduation in public health. She has recently joined the health team of Yfoundations as Health Project Support. She is working on the development of the online version of Sticky Stuff Training. Sticky Stuff Training is currently a day long face-to-face training program targeted at youth workers as well as health workers on how to engage young people around the topic of sexual health. By creating an online version of the training, youth and health workers will also be able to easily access a mobile, self-paced content and can learn at their own comfort and requirement.
Lauren has joined the Yfoundations team to develop and implement training under the Real Estate Engagement project. With a professional background in Community Development with Women’s Health as well as Arts program development within the Education sector, creativity in the welfare space is definitely a passion and strength. Whist working towards completing a Bachelor of Social Work in 2019, Lauren also holds a Diploma in Community Welfare as well as Training and Assessment qualifications. Lauren is also life giver to two loud teenage boys who continue to challenge and motivate her both personally and professionally – this gives her a personal understanding of the challenges facing youth today.
Gabriela has joined the Yfoundations team to take on a business administration traineeship. Gabriela is originally from Darwin, in the Northern Territory and relocated to Sydney in October 2018. Gabriela wishes to pursue a career as a social worker in the future. Gabriela is keen and willing to learn more and develop her knowledge of the sector.