Elena Rosenman is the Centre’s CEO.
Prior to joining the Centre, Elena worked in the Human Rights Branch of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, providing strategic advice on key sex discrimination and LGBTIQ human rights issues to the Australian Government. Her previous roles include gender policy advisor to the previous Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Liz Broderick Government Relations Advisor for Amnesty International Australia and a range of advocacy roles in local and national peak bodies. Her previous appointments include as a Director on the Board of the Aids Action Council, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, the ACT Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and the ACT Youth Coalition.
Elena ‘grew up’ while working with Toora Single Women’s Service, developing a deep respect for feminist women’s services while researching a book on Toora’s history, published in 2002. Elena’s work with Toora gave her a strong client focus, and valuable practical experience identifying and overcoming some of the less visible barriers to access. Working across the women’s community and government sectors has informed her approach to the critical nature of partnerships to build system capacity to meet need.
Elena brings this practical experience and policy expertise to her role as the Centre’s CEO. Working in partnership with the ACT and Commonwealth Governments, the Centre has grown from three to 10 solicitors in five years, now delivering [p] of legal services per annum. In 2016, the Centre expanded our services by establishing a representation and litigation practice, and in 2019 we expanded our service to include Health Justice partnerships with key ACT health and community services
Elena is committed to the role and power of community-based services in the advancement of women.