Former Premier of New South Wales
The Honourable Kristina Keneally is a member of the US Studies Centre's Board of Directors. Keneally was the 42nd Premier of New South Wales (2009-2011) and the first woman to hold this office. She was a Member of the Parliament of New South Wales from 2003 to 2012. Keneally has a wide range of experience in public life, having served as Minister for Planning, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Redfern Waterloo and Government Spokesperson for World Youth Day. Between 2009-2010, she chaired the Council of the Australian Federation. From 2011-2012, Keneally served as the Chairman of Basketball Australia, and was the organisation’s CEO from 2012-2014.
In 2015, Keneally was appointed by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition as a Member of the Referendum Council to advise on progress and next steps towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
Keneally is the host of To the Point on Sky News, a columnist for The Guardian Australia and the Director of Gender Inclusion at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She serves as patron of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, chairman of South Cares, and a council member of Opportunity International Australia.