Board of Directors

The Parenthood is supported by a board of directors with extensive experience in digital campaigning, strategic communications, movement building and the big issues facing today's children.

Jo Briskey - Political Coordinator
Jo is former Executive Director of The Parenthood and has over a decade of experience in advocacy, strategy, policy development, stakeholder engagement and political campaigning. Under her leadership, The Parenthood grew to a community of over 65,000 members. We’re so pleased to have Jo’s continued support and guidance. Jo is based in Brisbane and lives with her husband and their two daughters. 

Megan O'Connell - Education policy expert
Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the entire education spectrum – early childhood, schooling and vocational and higher education. Megan has spent more than two decades dedicated to developing policy and programs to support children and young people to thrive through education. Her work frequently underpins policy that improves outcomes for young Australians.

As the former director of the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, Megan leads the Institute’s highly influential foray into early childhood development and youth transitions. 

Megan is now an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a passionate advocate for equity in education and a highly regarded education policy consultant. She continues to work with schools, early childhood organisations and academics to develop a policy that improves access to quality early childhood development, education and training. Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and two rapidly growing boys.

Meet our Executive Director!