Elissa likes to move people, but also has a bit of a wry wit and loves to laugh. “Being boring takes up way too much energy,” she says.
Elissa Jenkins has a 20 year career in media, marketing, communications and management; three degrees; a collection of awards; a bunch of life experience; and many beautiful stories to tell.
In November 2013, Elissa was named one of YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women – as a woman who has made a significant contribution to her community and modelled leadership through her actions and words.
Elissa has worked for a multinational media corporation, in the non-profit sector, in the renewable energy sector, and has supported small to medium businesses and social enterprises to flourish. She’s an ideas person and an action person – she makes things happen.
Elissa received a Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2009 for achieving a GPA of 7 for her Master of Arts coursework (with 7 being the highest GPA possible). In 2011 she completed a thesis, researching social enterprises from a sociological, ecological and economic perspective. She received a GPA of 7 for her Master of Arts and commenced a PhD in February 2014.
Elissa has run 5 times for public office. In 2013 she ran as the Greens federal candidate for Moreton, Queensland’s most marginal electorate. She ran on a platform of care (compassion, community and courage), attending countless public forums and some high profile radio and TV interviews. In 2010, again as the federal candidate for Moreton, she led a grassroots campaign that resulted in a doubling of the primary vote to secure 15.9% – one of the highest swings to The Greens in the country. Elissa ran as a candidate in the state by-election for Chatsworth in 2005, again in the state election for Chatsworth in 2006 and in the federal seat of Bonner in 2004.
Elissa is a leader in the social justice and environment movements, locally and globally. Her volunteer activities with the Global Greens, the Asia Pacific Greens Network and the Global Young Greens have taken her to Kenya, Brazil, Austria and Taiwan and provided her with a global network of environmental and social justice friends and colleagues.
Elissa has lived. She has learnt. She has acted. And her diverse skillset reflects this.