Stacey commissions, synthesises and translates research to support The Front Project’s campaigns to improve the learning and wellbeing of Australian children. She has nearly a decade of experience applying research to policy and practice to improve outcomes for children.
Stacey is an experienced and passionate advocate for children’s learning and wellbeing. She has worked in research and policy across child, youth and family sectors, with a particular interest in early childhood education. She established a large national project on family engagement in learning at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), and led the Mitchell Institute’s influential research and policy advocacy in early childhood education.
She has authored significant reports on a range of topics, including early childhood policy, family engagement in learning, prevention and early intervention, data and evidence-informed policy, and systems design. Most recently, she published Two Years are Better Than One, an important policy paper on the need for an additional year of preschool for Australian children.
Systems change and leadership manager
Rowena is the project lead for The Front Project’s Systems Leadership Project, a sector-led collaboration exploring the systems that affect early childhood education. She has nearly a decade of stakeholder relations experience in for-purpose and for-profit contexts.
Rowena has a passion for social change and has experience in for-purpose leadership including use of strategic communications and creative planning to drive successful development outcomes for national social enterprise Fitted for Work. Rowena is a Founding member and former Curator of the Sydney Hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and one of 450 city based Hubs around the world. She has spent close to a decade working in the finance industry and was previously a Senior Manager, with responsibility for business development and strategy within Macquarie Asset Management. She holds a Masters of Finance from INSEAD as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons).