Alison Cleary

Senior Project Manager / Board Member
ClimateWorks / PARLOUR

I am a broad-based management, communications, and advocacy specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the built environment, social justice, community development, and environment sectors in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific.

Currently I am working as Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Economies with ClimateWorks – part of Monash University. My role involves assisting Australian State and Territory governments to achieve their domestic carbon emission reductions targets.

Through 2020 I was interim Executive Director of Open House Melbourne. Prior to that I was Victorian Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Architects from late 2010 through to late 2017. Before that I worked in several roles with both Oxfam and the Australian Conservation Foundation, including the role of Oxfam International’s Tsunami Policy Lead following the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

I have worked with a diverse range of organisations, including professional associations; social justice, environment, and international development NGOs; international foundations; entertainment and arts organisations; trade unions; large corporations and local government associations.

In recent years I have also had non-executive board roles with not-for-profit Boards, including Architects Without Frontiers, Open House Melbourne, and Parlour.

I have a Masters of International Studies, a Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Arts Communications. I swing on a trapeze for relaxation.

Interested in
Public Speaking, Juries, Writing