Vera was born in Sydney but grew up in Northern Sumatra in Indonesia. Prior to moving to Canberra in 1997 she had lived with her grandparents in Taree.

Vera holds a degree in science as well as an honours law degree and a master’s from the ANU. She began her career in the Australian Public Service in Canberra but then moved to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Perth. She now runs her own business, alongside raising her two boys. She is passionate about education and about how parents and children alike should have choice in schools. She loves watching her boys play soccer, cricket, and AFL

Having worked overseas, Vera considers the extent of government regulation on business in Australia and the ACT to be overwhelming. She is passionate about fighting our private sector brain drain and cutting red tape. She believes that more needs to be done to encourage those with ideas and creativity to use Canberra as their base, particularly given the strength of government and academic institutions.