Councillor for Yarra, Nicholls Ward
I'm a Yarra local, and the Executive Director of Global Health Alliance Melbourne. In November 2017, I was elected as your inaugural Deputy Mayor for Yarra City Council.
Cr Misha Coleman was first elected to Council as a representative of Melba Ward in October 2012, and was re-elected to for a second term in October 2016 as a representative of the Nicholls ward. This re-election took Greens numbers from 3 to 4, out of nine Councillors.
Misha joined Yarra Council following a career in international community development, which included 3 years at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, 3 years in Cambodia, and for the past 4 years she was the Founder and Executive Officer of a refugee and asylum seeker organisation based in Fitzroy. She now works in indigenous and global health as the inaugural Executive Director of the Global Health Alliance Melbourne.
Cr Coleman was awarded the Australian Service Medal for peacekeeping work in Bougainville and in 2005, was awarded medals for her work in the agricultural and fishery sectors by the Vietnamese Government.
Misha has a Masters Degree in Environmental Law, post-graduate qualifications in international development, monitoring and evaluation and is a qualified Company Director. She has a professional history as a midwife and worked as a community health nurse in many remote indigenous communities in Australia, and in black townships in South Africa under apartheid.
Misha has been a member of the Greens since the mid-1990’s. She is passionate about hearing consultative decision-making and looks forward to hearing from you.