Hot Seat with Ellen Sandell
Ellen Sandell is an Australian politician and environmentalist. She has represented the electorate of Melbournein the Parliament of Victoria since 2014.
Ellen studied at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Spanish and linguistics) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in genetics).
From 2007 to 2009 Sandell was employed as a policy adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet working on the Brumby Labor Government's climate change strategy and Green Paper. Ellen worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) between 2009 and 2012 serving as general manager before becoming the group's National Director (2011-2012). After departing the AYCC Sandell worked as the ACT Greens Party campaign manager for Simon Sheikh's unsuccessful senate campaign in the 2013 Australian federal election. In 2013 she was pre-selected as The Greens candidate at the 2014 state elections for the seat of Melbourne.
She was a recipient of the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2009.