Jo Haylen is a senior adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. As the Director of Governance and Liaison, she is responsible for the strategic management of the Government’s relationship with Independent Members of the House of Representatives and the Greens Party. Jo was recently elected to Marrickville Council as a Labor Councillor for North Ward. Jo has over 10 years’ experience across a range of political and advisory roles at all levels of Government – including senior political adviser to the Leader of the House, adviser to a Shadow Minister; electorate officer; an adviser to a Councillor in Local Government; and an assistant to a Minister in the NSW Government.
Jo has served as a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Policy Committee and held policy, campaign and organising roles within the Party both locally and nationally. She held a senior role in the 2010 federal election campaign managing the itineraries of Ministers across the country. Jo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney. Jo served on the University Senate, the Academic Board, was editor of the student newspaper and President of the Students Representative Council.