Michelle Mungall was elected as MLA for Nelson-Creston in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
In 2002, Mungall was the youngest person ever elected to Nelson city council, and seven years later, at age 31, she became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston.
She serves as the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. She has previously served as Opposition Spokesperson for Social Development and Caucus Deputy House Leader, and Opposition Spokesperson for Advanced Education, member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, Chair of the Opposition Women’s Caucus and Chair of the Opposition Social Policy Committee
As a passionate speaker and volunteer, Michelle is a strong voice for the Kootenays. Her university studies and her career in community development have led Michelle to champion social justice and financial security both in her community and internationally.
She was a Nelson city councillor from 2002 to 2005. Her career has included working for the Nelson Committee on Homelessness, and managing West Kootenay non-profits including the Nelson Food Cupboad and a micro-finance organization.
Internationally, she worked as a National Programs Assistant for YMCA Zambia, helping to improve the lives of girls with HIV/AIDS. She has also served on two election observation missions to Ukraine and trained women candidates in Cambodia.
Michelle and her husband Zak live in Nelson. They enjoy skiing, hiking, local arts and being active in the region.