Sophie Stewart is a 25-year-old from Victoria Park in Perth where she grew up in the pram at protests and spending days at the homeless shelter her parents began. She is passionate about uniting people to collectively build a more just and equal world, and has been leading workshops with young people on action and reflection since she herself was a high school student.
Sophie has spent the last four years as the first Campaign Coordinator for Social Reinvestment WA, building a coalition of 25 nonprofits and running a campaign on ending the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody in WA. She has led development for the first Justice Reinvestment site in WA, coordinated state-wide advocacy to reform legislation to end imprisonment for unpaid fines and executive-produced the Stories from the Inside podcast.
She founded Swim for Refugee in 2014 and, each season, leads 40 volunteers to teach over 60 people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds how to swim.
She graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science and International Relations in 2016.
Sophie can often be found watching live music, consuming good food and drink with mates, reading (sometimes trashy) fiction, traveling, stretching away anxieties at yoga, and diving into saltwater with her over-excitable staffy, Zaff.