Ben comes to the Foundation with 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in Melbourne and overseas. Prior to joining the organisation in 2015, he worked for 5 years in the Whittlesea LGA, including roles with local government, consulting and with Whittlesea Community Connections, where he managed a project responding to the harms of poker machine addiction.
Having lived in the inner north for most of his life, Ben is motivated by the area’s tradition of local people responding to local challenges in meaningful ways. He is passionate about equity, social justice and ensuring everyone has access to opportunity and choice in their lives.
Ben loves living in Coburg, where he can be found on a bike or at a local park with his young family.
Contact details for Ben:
- 03 8689 1967
Bianca Maciel Pizzorno
Community Philanthropy Coordinator
Bianca is the Philanthropy Coordinator for the Inner North Community Foundation.
Bianca comes to the foundation with commercial and not for profit experience from the legal, political, and philanthropy sectors. She has particular experience with political campaigning and advisory.
Bianca is passionate about empowering community in the inner north to respond to both local and global challenges, through sustainable community driven projects. Her ultimate goal is to collaborate with you to build a better inner north, and hopefully a better world.
Bianca lives with her family in Brunswick, where her children attend school. When she’s not working, you are likely to find Bianca gardening with her children or supporting her children with their various sporting activities.
Contact details for Bianca:
- 03 8689 1922
Business Administration Trainee
Jessica is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is currently undertaking her business traineeship with the Inner North Community Foundation.
She has strong community-based values and is passionate about social justice and the wellbeing of others. She seeks to make meaningful changes to the world and bring the community together to achieve a larger positive impact upon its people. She believes that everyone deserves an environment to flourish and thrive in despite economical disadvantages.
Jessica was previously a trainee at the Indigenous restaurant Charcoal Lane, an enterprise that is also funded and supported through the Inner North Community Foundation. Jessica’s experience at Charcoal Lane is testament of how a young person can be uplifted through stewardship and kindness. She also volunteers at the Northern Community Church in Preston and is eager to strengthen her relationship with the northern suburbs further. Jessica seeks to go in a direction with her business traineeship where she too is able to help guide and encourage youth the same way she was.
When Jessica is not at the Inner North, she can be found at home painting or reading a book.
Contact details for Jessica: