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.
Research & Policy Officer
As a Research and Policy Officer, Raehanna supports The Front Project team in monitoring, assessing and responding to an evolving early childhood education policy landscape.
She recently completed her MA in International Relations at the University of Melbourne with a focus on migration, gender and human rights in the Asia Pacific region. She is passionate about fostering social inclusion through structural reforms addressing equity and reducing inequality. She has also worked in analysis and project management across start-up organisations dedicated to leveraging technology to increase labour mobility and empowering casual workforces. She has held internships at the United Nations Office for Migration in Vienna, U.S House of Representatives and the Centre for Conflict and Social Cohesion of Chile.
Manager, System Change and Leadership
Previous to the Front Project Geoff consulted independently with the Not for Profit sector and as an associate with Collaboration for Impact, Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to respond to complexity and create impact through effective collaboration and systemic approaches.
Geoff brings experience as a leader and CEO in the Not for Profit and community sector along with previous experience in founding his own advertising and marketing agency as well as many years working in International Aid and Development.
Manager, the Apiary Fellowship
Rachael has more than 10 years’ experience in the child and youth sector, working with leadership teams, implementing project and quality processes, managing collaborative initiatives with stakeholders and colleagues.
Having cut her teeth several years earlier in the complex area of acquired brain injury and working alongside some of the leading Victorian disability advocates, she has ever since been captivated by systems change and its ability to bring about lasting significant impact. Throughout Rachael's career she has been privileged to learn about social change from the people that are leading the way, working with them to ensure an environment and conditions that support them to achieve their objectives. She has had the unique opportunity to work with community leaders in a variety of settings in Australia and overseas, from local grassroots international development and youth services to state and national organisations bridging research, policy and practice initiatives.
Strategic Communications Manager
Julia’s expertise is in communicating to influence policy and drive social and cultural change.
Julia's experience spans a range of policy areas with a strong emphasis on education and its connection with social outcomes and economic performance. Her background includes working in government and community sectors in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, as well as overseas in Japan. She has led communications and engagement in government agencies including the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the COAG Reform Council and Infrastructure Australia, as well as non-government organisations such as policy think tank Mitchell Institute and Victoria University.
Communications and Digital Media Coordinator
Coming from a background in advertising, Emma has experience planning, buying, and account management for a broad range of clients across multiple industries.
Having completed a Masters in Media Practice at the University of Sydney in 2016, Emma worked in various content creation roles including social media management, and as a breakfast radio producer, which allowed her to develop her skills in connecting to diverse audiences across both traditional and digital channels. Her role with The Front Project allows these skills to be further develop and practiced within a Systems Change framework in the early childhood education sector.
Lalaine is an experienced high-level administrator working under the CEOs of The Front Project and Future Tracks.
She brings over 10 years’ experience across various sectors, specialising in efficient management workflows, stakeholder engagement, scheduling and operations.
Lalaine is passionate about early childhood education and believes very strongly in the importance of children’s health and wellbeing.
Commencing her career in the private sector, Lalaine moved to government and prior to joining The Front Project, Lalaine has worked within all levels of government: statutory bodies including anti-corruption agencies, various government departments and politics.