Karen Alexander OAM

Founder and Board Member, WELA


Karen is a campaign and not-for-profit governance expert. A former Chair of Bush Heritage and Environment Manager of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Karen was a lead organiser of the famous campaign to stop the Franklin Dam and helped form the Tasmanian WIlderness Society and was co-director of the National Wilderness Society. She was on the first Council of the Victorian Greens and developed strategy and communications for Federal elections. She has worked with the Environmental committees for her local council and developed the Victoria Naturally Alliance, led by Victoria National Parks Association.   

Karen’s leadership has focused on enabling others to do their job well. Her vision of an active program of support for women to become leaders in the environment movement, that recognises everyone has a leadership role to play, has driven the format of WELA to date.