Amanda McKenzie is the incoming CEO of the Climate Council, established last week to replace the Climate Commission, which was axed by the Federal Government. Amanda has been instrumental in setting up the new Australian Climate Council as an independent replacement to the Climate Commission, funded through crowd sourcing public donations. Amanda worked as a senior communications advisor to the Commission. She is also the Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress, and previously spent four years as National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, building a non-partisan movement of tens of thousands of young Australians to tackle the climate crisis. For this work, she was acknowledged as the 2009 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year and 2009 Rotary Young Achiever of the Year.