Co-Founder and Chair
Gemma is a graduate of the University of Waikato with a BMS (Hons) majoring in Strategy and International Management, and personal purpose statement is to positively inspire and encourage, for disruptive systemic philanthropic change. Originally from Brisbane, she moved to the Waikato in 2010 and now calls this place home. Gemma works for Momentum Waikato, the region's community foundation, where she is responsible for Strategic Initiatives.
Gemma actively supports the growth of Community Foundations of New Zealand, is a Youth Advisor to Philanthropy New Zealand, a 2017 awardee of Hamilton City Council’s 30 under 30, and a guest speaker for the University of Waikato. Gemma has been the driving force leading Seed Waikato since inception in April 2016. Over this time, Gemma has heard the need for change from a range of young people who are ready to challenge the status quo, and is excited to see how Seed Waikato can serve young people, creating transformational outcomes for rangatahi.