Jade Blakkarly

Jade Blakkarly

Jade Blakkarly is the CEO of WIRE, a Victorian organisation working towards gender equity and social justice since 1983. She joined the organisation in 2022. She started her career as a social worker. Before her first CEO role in 2017, she worked in various roles as a consultant, senior manager, and advisor. Jade has a lot of experience in the community sector including family violence, homelessness, justice, health, drug and alcohol and Aboriginal health. She has also worked in the State Government.

Throughout her career, she initiated and led a number of projects to address systemic issues and influence structural change. In her role as the CEO of Juno, she spearheaded a new strategic direction that saw the organisation partner with women to build their long-term independence and capacity to thrive. The program designed and implemented an Australian first program to support the long-term economic security of women who had experienced family violence or homelessness.

She is a collaborator and a lover of complex social problems. She is focussed on outcomes and sustained change for people experiencing disadvantage. This informs the way she leads people and organisations and inspires her to constantly seek creative ways of effecting change.

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