Mellissa Gray is the Executive Director, Strategy and Social Policy in the Department of Communities Tasmania. Prior to this appointment she spent 17 years in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania in a variety of roles including A/g Deputy Secretary Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, Director Policy and Director of the Social Inclusion Unit from 2008 to 2014.
Mellissa leads policy innovation for government including establishing the nation’s first place branding statutory authority, Brand Tasmania and amending the Tasmanian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal Tasmanians as Tasmania’s First people.
Mellissa has had a variety of professional roles including starting her career as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania; speechwriter, Parliamentary and community development Senior Advisor for the Premier of Tasmania from 2005 to 2007.
Mellissa was born in Tasmania, grew up in Risdon Vale, was educated in Tasmanian public schools, is a graduate of the University of Tasmania and is driven to make a difference to disadvantage in her home state. She is married to Phillip and mum to Lucas and Joseph.
“It isn’t easy in Tasmania. It never has been. People said it was impossible, and for too long we believed it. This is why, for Tasmanians, good enough is never good enough. We work harder, we follow our obsessions, we support one another, and we protect what makes this place different. Being Tasmanian is the quiet pursuit of the extraordinary.” - Brand Tasmania
What Mellissa says about being on the 26TEN Coalition
"Every day one in two adult Tasmanians who may need help with literacy, quietly pursue their lives and may face extraordinary challenges. The 26TEN Coalition is a group of Tasmanians who are passionate about working hard to support people with adult literacy and raise awareness of its importance.
As a member of the Coalition I have made cross-sectoral connections with people in industry in the community sector, in law, in medicine, in government and in the business sector, but most importantly I have been able to advocate to make a difference to the lives of everyday extraordinary Tasmanians – so that they can realise their potential and achieve their hopes and dreams, whether that’s reading to their child, catching the bus, or getting a job.
Adult literacy and the 26TEN Coalition builds opportunity and hope for Tasmanians."