Meet Elissa

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.

3 thoughts on “Meet Elissa

  1. Elissa,
    I came across your name whilst researching for a current search assignment, and wondered whether you may be able to help.
    I have been engaged by an iconic welfare and charity group to find a Media and Public Relations expert to be the “face” of the organisation. The position will be responsible for publicly representing the organisation in all forums including public presentations, media, internal promotions and volunteer functions. The successful candidate will liaise with all media and achieve media coverage targets, delivering positive messages to the public, particularly the younger demographic (30 yr), to build brand awareness and relevance, and ultimately increased public support. The ideal candidate will have relevant media and public relations qualifications and experience, possibly including television and/or radio journalism. They will be highly energetic with very strong communication skills and exceptional presentation. Essential will be a well-developed network within the Queensland media and the ability to represent the brand and the organisation at all levels.
    I would be grateful if you could let me know of, or pass this on to anyone you think may be suitable and possibly interested in this opportunity. Enquiries will be treated with strict confidentiality.
    Nick Hines

  2. Hi Elissa,

    I’m Nicholas Price, I study a bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations and Marketing at Griffith University.

    This semester I am taking Campaign and Media Strategies where students are required to participate in a mock campaign.

    For this campaign I have elected to run as a Greens candidate and would really love to get in touch with you guys.

    We’re hoping to spend a little time with you in the near future – ask a few questions and take a few photos.

    Would you be interested in meeting with us, and what times suit you best?

    Cheers, Nick.

    Ph: 0435750060

  3. Hi Nick,

    Sorry for the delay. Just found your comment! More than happy to chat. You can reach me on 0418 786 986.



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