Before you read about the technical features of SmartyGrants, you need to know about our unfair advantage – our team.
The SmartyGrants team is highly experienced in the grantmaking, grantseeking and technology arenas.
We also really care about our work. We’re passionate about creating positive social change – this underpins every single thing that we do to create accessible, commonsense solutions to improve the interactions between grantmakers and grantseekers of all sizes and types.
Group Leadership Team
Denis Moriarty AM, Our Community Founder and Group Managing Director
Denis is the founder of Our Community and its Group Managing Director. He has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He was the former head of the Victorian Government’s Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy, and former Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Commission. Denis is a graduate of both the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and the Williamson Community Leadership program, and a member of several not-for-profit and private boards. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
Kathy Richardson, Our Community Executive Director & Chaos Controller
Kathy has more than a decade’s experience overseeing grantmaking knowledge development and dissemination. She is also an experienced grantmaker and grantseeker, having held a range of roles with a number of not-for-profit and grantmaking organisations and networks. A journalist by trade, Kathy oversees the Our Community Group’s communications activities as well as helping to develop and embed technology reforms and new business directions. She was a founding team member for SmartyGrants. Kathy has a degree in journalism from RMIT and a long-standing interest in community and social justice issues. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow (Innovation) in 2014.
Business Development, Knowledge Services & SmartyGrants Services
Fi joined Our Community in July 2021. She started her career in human
resources working for State Government and the consulting sector. Fi
soon left HR and joined the City of Greater Geelong as a Community
Development Worker. This is where she found her passion and commitment
to working with communities, particularly those experiencing social and
economic exclusion. Some of the initiatives she has been involved in are
community information, digital Inclusion, community leadership and
community safety. Fi also worked for The Sexual Assault and Family
Violence Centre and Torquay Community House. She lives on the Surfcoast
and loves family, fitness and the Carlton Football Club.
Gina is the SmartyGrants Training and Events Specialist, overseeing the design, coordination and delivery of the SmartyGrants training program. Along with writing and coordinating the monthly distribution of SmartyNews to a global grantmaking community, she also coordinates all SmartyGrants related events including monthly networking events and an annual grantmaking conference. When she's not working give Gina a lump of clay, a pottery wheel, a glass of whiskey and some sweet tunes. She looks forward to having an Australian as the head of state and to a time when equality is a given for all.
Alex is Manager, SmartyGrants Managed Services, a role she took up after cutting her teeth in not-for-profit and grantmaking services through various roles at Our Community, and externally in professional and voluntary roles with organisations including Red Cross and Climate for Change. She has an undergraduate degree in Media and Communications and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. As Manager, Managed Services, she oversees a dynamic team of a SmartyGrants and grantmaking experts dedicated to helping customers achieve their goals.
Josh joined Our Community in January 2020 as Director, Special Projects, SmartyGrants, where he spends his days building tools and resources to help drive best practice grantmaking. He has extensive experience leading the management and delivery of large scale Commonwealth grant programs in the Settlement and Multicultural Affairs, Disability Employment and Families and Communities portfolios. Josh holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Management) and Arts (Media and Communications) from Deakin and Swinburne Universities.
Charles is the Business Development Manager in the SmartyGrants team. With more than 35 years of global sales and customer engagement experience, Charles has worked with major IT hardware and software vendors in Australia and the USA, plus leasing companies involved in funding IT acquisitions. He commenced his career with IBM, and since 2000 he has focussed on business process driven solutions. Charles is also a voluntary member of the Business Development Board for one of Victoria’s regional health service providers that offers a range of health, welfare and community services.
Jen joined Our Community as Chief Impact Officer in January 2022. She brings to the role 20+ years working in the social sector for both government and not-for-profits and is skilled in strategic planning, program and product design and management, outcomes measurement, and evaluation. Jen is currently focused on the roll out of the Outcomes Engine within SmartyGrants and helping clients to collect and report on their outcome data across grant portfolios. Jen’s passion is technology and outcomes and helping organisations understand and improve their impact.
Eden is a Project Director working on Our Community House, Good Jobs and other projects in the innovations team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and previously worked in the Programs Team at The School of Life Australia. His passion for community and equality has led him to become a member of Melbourne's annual Homeless Memorial committee as well as volunteer as a student mentor at St Kilda Youth Service.
Matthew is an experienced journalist, charged with writing and editing for a range of Our Community publications and websites. Matthew joined the Our Community team in 2017, and before that was a digital editor at the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun, and reporter for the masthead's web and print editions. He has a shared Walkley Award for coverage of Victoria's devastating 2009 bushfires, and has an arts honours degree in Communications.
Orgil is a Data Analyst who supports SmartyGrants' client engagements by creating reports and analysing data. He also handles data migrations, gets involved in SmartyGrants reporting and works on other data-related projects with the Innovation Lab. Orgil has experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and delivering data and reporting solutions in various development projects funded by international donor organisations. He has been involved in projects across several sectors including economic and community development, environment, energy and water utility. He came to Australia driven by a desire to take a deep dive into data analytics, completing a graduate program at Monash University. Outside the office, Orgil spends his time with his young family and travelling to new places.
Stef is communications coordinator in Our Community's Innovation Lab, where she works with the rest of the team to research and write resources to help not-for-profit organisations understand data and become more data driven. Stef also heads up the Funding Centre, an online grants database and fundraising capacity-building website and enterprise of Our Community. Stef has a degree in journalism from the University of Queensland and is interested in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, reducing mental health stigma, and intersectional feminism.
Dr Nathan Mifsud
Nathan is a data scientist in Our Community's Innovation Lab. He has done research in youth mental health and higher education, is an enthusiastic teacher, and has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UNSW. He cares about social good, the lives of animals, and tight hex bolts.
Dr Paola Oliva-Altamirano
Paola is Our Community's Director of Data Science. Paola trained as
an academic researcher in Astrophysics based at Swinburne University of
Technology from 2012 to 2017. Now she is bringing her research and data
science skills to Our Community's Innovation Lab. She is part of the
"data science for good" movement, which seeks to keep not-for-profit
organisations up to date with technology. Paola believes that everyone
should have access to education. She followed this passion by
co-founding the Organisation for Central American Astronomers:
"Astrophysics in Central America and the Caribbean (Alpha-Cen),"
providing mentorship to students in underdeveloped countries. She was
selected as an Uptake Data Fellow in 2018 and a participant of the
leadership Veski program, inspiring woman in STEM side-by-side, in 2020.
In 2021, she joined the Standards Australia committee helping to write
the Standards for the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Support & Training
David joined the SmartyGrants team in March 2019 as a Training and Support Specialist after an extended period working in Learning and Development in Tokyo, Japan. Originally working in research laboratories as an instrument technician, he has also held positions in fashion, logistics, hospitality and tourism. David is driven by helping people become the best they can be and has a passion for sports and gaming.
Michael is one of our Training and Support Specialists here at SmartyGrants. He joined Our Community in 2022. Michael has a Bachelor of IT and has partially completed a Master of Science. His unique combination of professional experience in customer service, IT systems, business analysis and application support will prove valuable as our team continues to work to make life easier for SmartyGrants users. In his spare time, Michael enjoys training in Brazilian jiujitsu and volunteering as an IT mentor. You can expect to come across Michael in some of our training workshops or via the support team.
Max is our Support & Training Team Leader at SmartyGrants. He has been with Our Community since 2019. Max leads our support and training team to deliver first-rate customer support and training. He aims to make life easy for SmartyGrants users by promoting best practice and efficiency in support and training operations day-to-day. Max values high-quality education in all aspects of grant management. A background in operations management, business administration and degree lecturing drives his passion for development of people and processes in order to achieve excellence in work and education. Max is a graduate in music composition and business administration. He also holds a postgraduate qualification in commerce and a Master of Business Administration (Educational Leadership). In his spare time, Max enjoys writing music for screen and mentoring higher education students in various disciplines of business in the creative industries.
Irene joined the SmartyGrants team in 2019 as an account management and support specialist. She has qualifications in member services, banking, business administration and training. Her previous job was as a ghost guide in Melbourne's notorious former Pentridge Prison.
Ali joined Our Community in 2021 as a full time Java developer for SmartyGrants. Ali has significant experience working as a Java developer at an enterprise level, from Australia Post most recently and various other organisations before that. He holds a Master of Computing from RMIT in Melbourne. Ali is passionate about building new and improved features to support the community sector and revolutionise grantmaking.
Sarah is the Chief Technology Officer at SmartyGrants. She is also on the board of directors for the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA). Sarah started her career in the corporate sector, spending 10 years working in technology consulting and IT transformation, before moving to the social sector working for VSO International in London. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Software)/Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Certificate of Sustainability and a Diploma of Governance. She is particularly passionate about IT/data for good and women’s economic empowerment.
Jimmy is a software developer with 20 years’ experience who is part of the SmartyGrants team. He has experience in web-application development, design and architecture from industries such as publishing, utilities, education and finance. Jimmy is passionate about delivering user-friendly software of a high quality. He has an honours degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.
Kathrin joined the SmartyGrants team of developers after more than 20 years' experience working as a software developer in the IT industry in Germany and Australia, including most recently with Yellowfin. Kathrin has worked on a range of projects and products as developer and also project manager and team lead, but always enjoyed coding the most. Outside the office, Kathrin enjoys being active with her kids, visiting op-shops and street libraries, reading books and trying to make her household more sustainable. She has served for several years as a volunteer treasurer at a not-for-profit German native language school.
Peter is the SmartyGrants Technical Architect. He joined the team after spending more than 10 years as a member of their Information Technology Architecture practice at IBM. During that time, the most satisfying applications he has contributed towards have been those that seek to serve the broader community including such popular apps as the VicEmergency mobile app and a few not-so-popular ones such as the National Broadband Network. Outside of the office, Peter is a keen road cyclist and open water swimmer and enjoys adventure travel.
Cecille joined Our Community as a SmartyGrants developer in December 2013. She worked as a developer in the Philippines and Singapore for more than a decade before migrating to Australia in 2011. Past roles have included developing, maintaining and supporting a range of web-based applications including an automated billing system, merchant and banking loyalty system, an insurance system application and other in-house applications.
Mike joined the Our Community team in 2022 as a Java developer with the SmartyGrants team. Mike has been a software developer for more than 20 years, with a focus on productivity tools and applications, most recently for a local engineering firm. His work has ranged from test automation of aircraft systems through to business web applications. He enjoys travelling, skiing, and is a qualified seaplane pilot.
Simon Di Berardino
Simon is one of our Training and Support Specialists at SmartyGrants. He joined Our Community in 2022. Simon has a Master of Arts and Cultural Management and has previously worked as a trainer in the fields of retail and consumer technology. In his last role, he was responsible for upskilling a national team of trainers, as well as designing and delivering high-quality training sessions for numerous stakeholders. In his spare time, Simon enjoys films, music, board games, reading and socialising.
Jesslyn joined the SmartyGrants team in 2020 having previously worked for an insurance company as a software developer. Jesslyn worked for various companies in Jakarta before her move to Australia. She enjoys solving problems and keeps active by playing basketball, hiking and going to the gym.
Alex joined the SmartyGrants team in 2019 as a software developer. He brings to the role over 15 years of experience in the telco and Finance sectors, having worked in companies big and small, even his own start-up. He has a Masters in Software Engineering and bachelor degree in Computer Science from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He's passionate about triathlons and he's always trying to convince someone to join him for a lunchtime run. He likes his architectures loosely-coupled, and his languages strongly-typed.
Jon is a developer of web applications and software-as-a-service. His background includes user experience design and applications programming on projects for the health, training, primary industries and transport sectors. He is passionate about ensuring that the software he works on is not only functional, but also easy and pleasant to use.
Tim brings more than 15 years of experience in web applications development and architecture to the SmartyGrants team. Tim has developed software in online, telecommunication and finance industries. He is active in the Open Source community and is the author and maintainer of the popular JSCover project. He has a double degree in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Greg is the SmartyGrants scrum master. He joined the Our Community team in 2022, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in delivering digital projects – including global CMS builds, e-commerce and banking sites and apps and marketing campaigns (data, strategy and reporting) – for global agencies/brands, and startups both in the UK and Australia. Outside of work, Greg has a passion for the arts – especially theatre, live music and pop culture – and loves to travel abroad when that’s possible.
Sandra joined the SmartyGrants team in 2021 as a business analyst. She brings to the role a combined experience and passion in both the IT and community services sectors. She started her career in the finance tech industry with roles ranging from programmer to IT service management analyst for over 12 years. In 2017, she entered the community services field where she worked as a case worker and project officer in family violence, youth, and education sectors. Sandra loves both worlds and ecstatic to be part of Our Community family where her work and passion go hand in hand. Her other favourite past times include spending time with her cool kids, growing vegetables, sewing, knitting and other random crafting activities.
Jodie is Director of Platform Transformation at SmartyGrants. She has been with Our Community since 2012. In her current role, Jodie helps guide SmartyGrants' strategic direction, with a focus on product transformation. Previously, Jodie worked in a variety of different roles, from marketing and communications to membership management to bank analyst to tour guide. She became head of our Training and Support area in 2017, working on continual improvement of our interactions with clients and colleagues. Before joining SmartyGrants, Jodie was immersed in the grantmaking world whilst working within the research and planning area at Beyond Blue. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems), has a Diploma in Business Management and has train-the-trainer qualifications. One of Jodie’s passions is continuing to build on the immense impact that SmartyGrants and SmartyFile plays on a global level for funders and their recipients.
Maria is Our Community’s Security Analyst. She started her career as a software tester at Vet Anti-Virus, where her interest in security began. She progressed through her career to take up roles as a test manager for security products and later working in the health sector managing in-hospital software. She holds a Bachelor of applied Science (Computer Science) and recently completed a Cyber Security Course. When not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and cooking with her children.
Ronald is part of the SmartyGrants technology team. He has over 15 years of experience in enterprise IT across the retail and finance (superannuation) sectors, and four years’ experience as a development lead for VicSuper. He holds a first-class honours degree in Computer Science from Swinburne University and is passionate about software development and technology.
Georgia works as a Business Analyst and Support Specialist. Having joined the SmartyGrants team in 2013, Georgia knows her way through each and every element of the SmartyGrants system and you'll be lucky to find someone that can skin a site faster. Georgia's an avid member of the Our Community Slack channel dedicated to cats, and can often be found playing doctor to the office plants. She appreciates the comradery her team and the Our Community office provides, and enjoys spending time with her favourite colleagues outside of hours.