Kerrie has worked as an environmental and human rights activist since the 1980s. From 1995 to 2004, she represented the ACT Greens for three terms as Member for Molonglo in the ACT Legislative Assembly and has since worked as Executive Officer for ACT Shelter, advocating for the needs of people experiencing homelessness and housing stress. In 2005 and 2006, she was co-chair of Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT and continues to contribute to the community on a voluntary basis through her work as an individual member of the ACT Collaboration.
At the Australia Institute, Kerrie’s part-time work involves community liaison. She engages with key policy makers, NGOs and the broader community to update them on the Institute’s research findings, to seek their views on policy matters and to work collaboratively with them where possible to enable evidence-based development of public policy.