We are excited to announce that Change.org has hired Gemma Mortensen as Chief Global Officer. Gemma will manage a team of regional directors and take responsibility for global growth of the platform.
Gemma joins Change.org in January from Crisis Action, an organisation founded to increase the effectiveness of NGOs working on conflict. Under Gemma’s leadership, Crisis Action received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Gemma says: “Change.org has proved that you can sustainably scale a business with a genuine social mission - and I am hugely impressed by the innovation and talent in the business and their vision for the future. Change.org users have acheived incredible things in a such a short time. The next phase of growth will be transformational for how citizens engage with democracy around the world.
“I’ve spent nine years building an organisation which has huge impact and which I love. I know Crisis Action will continue to do incredible work, and I wish the organisation and the team the very best for the future. I feel extremely lucky to leave one great organisation and join another as exceptional as Change.org.“
Gemma previously worked for the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations in New York, the European Commission, and as a journalist in print, radio and TV. She holds a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and European Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, and is chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation.
Join us in welcoming Gemma to the team! You can follow her on Twitter at @GemmaMortensen