Born in Melbourne, Marsha is a first generation Aussie on her father’s side and spent her early years in the north-western suburb of Pascoe Vale.
After attending Pascoe Vale Primary School and Strathmore Secondary College, Marsha went on to study at La Trobe University.
Prior to entering Parliament, Marsha worked as an economic forecaster at IBIS Research Services and as an Electorate Officer and Ministerial Advisor for both State and Federal Members of Parliament.
Marsha has been a Member of Parliament since 1999 and has served in both the upper and lower houses of the Victorian Parliament and as a Minister and Parliamentary Secretary in both the Bracks and Brumby governments.
Proud of her Jewish heritage, Marsha was the first Jewish woman in Australia to become a Minister.
During her seven years as a Minister, Marsha served as the Minister for Small Business, the Minister for Consumer Affairs and the Minister for Information and Communication Technology. Marsha has also been Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Trade and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.
As a local resident and the Member for Footscray since 2006, Marsha is passionate about representing the local community.
Access to the best education for all, no matter what income, was a driving force in Marsha joining the Australian Labor Party. This has not changed and education in the west is still a major issue.
Other issues that are close to Marsha’s heart include access to first class health care, including dental care; the sustainable development of the inner west; the provision of real jobs; the improvement of road and rail networks and the maintenance and creation of parks and community areas.
Marsha has two children and loves ballet, reading, walking, cooking (and that precedes Master Chef) and spending time with friends and family whenever she can.