Lara is a community lawyer and social justice advocate. She is passionate about improving access to specialist legal assistance for women who have experienced family, domestic and sexual violence. Lara has dedicated her career to advocating for law reform and policy development to address violence against women and gender inequality. She has held policy roles with Women’s Legal Service Queensland, Women’s Legal Service Victoria, Victoria Legal Aid, and the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria. Prior to this, she worked as a Ministerial Adviser in the Victorian Government to improve supports for victim-survivors of crime. She also sits on the Board of Flat Out, an organisation dedicated to support women, trans and gender diverse people who have been criminalised.
Elena is the CEO of Women’s Legal Centre ACT. She is committed to increasing the accessibility and accountability of the legal system for women. She is a passionate advocate for the role of specialist, community-based organisations to respond to gender-based violence and discrimination. Elena has previously worked in the Human Rights Branch of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, as Gender Policy Advisor to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, and as Government Relations Advisor for Amendment International Australia. Elena has also had a number of Board roles, including 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, the ACT Youth Coalition, and Meridian ACT.