CSSA Staff

About the CSSA Staff


CSSA - Catholic Social Services Australia - Ursula Stephens

Dr Ursula Stephens

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Ursula Stephens has a long personal and professional commitment to the social services sector. She is a passionate advocate for social inclusion and the not for profit sector, having served in the Australian Senate for twelve years, including as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector , negotiating the National Compact and supporting efforts from government and the sector to establish the Australian Charities and Non Profit Commission.

Ursula has been an adult educator, senior public servant, small business owner and social entrepreneur.  She chairs the Code Authority of FIA, Fundraising Institute Australia, is a Visiting Fellow and Director at Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non Profit Studies, at QUT and served on the Board of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia for three years.

Ursula holds a doctorate in Public Administration and brings strong leadership and governance experience to her role. She has a deep understanding of Catholic Social Teaching principles that underpin the work of our Social Services member network.  She is a thought leader in the areas of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Born in Ireland, Ursula’s joys are Irish music, poetry and literature.

To contact Ursula phone (02) 6285 1366

or email admin@cssa.org.au


Monique Earsman

Executive Officer

As Executive Officer, Monique works to the Chief Executive Officer, and works closely with our Board and Committees, providing support achieving the strategic goals of the organisation.

Monique brings nearly 20 years’ experience in politics and strategic communications to her role at CSSA. She has worked as an Electorate Officer and later Ministerial Adviser to both Federal and ACT Ministers, as National Organiser at a major political party, and as a senior communications professional in the public and private sectors.

She started her career as a Research Assistant in the Policy Department at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and has enthusiastically returned to the sector to advocate for the work of Catholic social service providers and their clients across the country.

Monique holds a Bachelor of Laws from Australian National University.