Yarra City Council, Nicholls Ward
I'm the Founder and Director of a not-for-profit based in Fitzroy which supports refugees and people seeking asylum and I manage a small business that provides services to charities, also based in Fitzroy.
After 4 years of being on the Council (in Melba Ward), Misha has runs on the board delivering a cleaner, greener and fairer city for residents and traders. Some of Misha’s achievements include increased street tree-planning, saving a park for dog-walkers, more bike path and bike rack installation and successfully advocating for a high-school option for boys in Richmond - a Greens 2012 election promise!
Misha has an extensive and varied professional background - originally a midwife, she now has a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and has significant experience at a senior executive level within the refugee, social justice, local government, international aid and community sectors.
Misha's family have lived in Yarra for nearly 10 years, since returning from 7 years working in Asia,. Both of her young children go to local schools in the area. As the only sitting Councillor at the City of Yarra with young children, she's been surprised at the ongoing need to represent the interests of young and especially disadvantaged families, who are often neglected in budgetary planning. She'll continue to represent kids, mums and dads.
Since being an elected Greens local government member, Misha has spent a lot of time on better governance and transparency issues and promoting city-wide solar initiatives, for businesses, schools and low income housing. She wants to provide more support for renters, for people who are newly arrived and for those who are homeless.