Jo’s background in education and community development has lead her to work in India, Cambodia and Germany, as well as remote indigenous communities in Australia. Jo is passionate about social justice and community development projects that support women to reach their full potential. She believes when women have the opportunity to achieve success, there are benefits not only for the individual but for families and communities in general.
Jo began her career as a primary school teacher in Melbourne and also taught at an international school in Germany. After completing a Masters of International Development, Jo worked on a range of community development projects in rural India- largely supporting women’s groups with training and enterprise development. Upon returning to Australia, Jo took up a role with Save the Children and worked with newly arrived women and children, predominately refugees and asylum seekers living in public housing in inner-city Melbourne.
Recently Jo has had experience setting up her own small business. In 2019 she founded Double Scoop; a small jewellery and homewares business that enabled her to work flexibly around the needs of caring for her young family. Jo experienced firsthand the benefits of entrepreneurship as an alternative to mainstream employment. In setting up a small business Jo quickly saw the need to develop her skills in areas such as social media, marketing and financial management.
Jo has degrees in Arts, Education and International Development from the University of Melbourne. She and her husband live in a small coastal town in Victoria where they are raising their three daughters.