Olivia Myeza joined the Hope Street team in the role of Business Development and Partnerships Manager in October 2018. Having grown up in Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Marketing and Communications at Melbourne University, Olivia started her career off in the corporate public relations sector.
Whilst at university, Olivia volunteered with The Oaktree Foundation, a youth-run aid and development organisation, as their Head of Media and later as a Board Member. Her involvement with Oaktree took her to South Africa for short-term volunteer stints in 2005 and 2006, and she then moved to South Africa in late 2007. Whilst in South Africa, she worked in fundraising and leadership roles for non-profit community development organisations: South African Country Director for The Oaktree Foundation (2008); Resource Mobilisation Manager for GOLD Peer Education Development Agency (2009); Marketing and Fundraising Officer for McCord Hospital (2010) and then CEO for Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (2011 – 2017). In 2017 Olivia and her family relocated to Melbourne and she worked in leadership positions for a radio station and a small non-profit organisation before joining the Hope Street team.
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