Yuriko Nakachi was born on Thursday Island, her father is of Japanese decent (Okinawan), and Hawaiian, (Kailua-Kona). Yuriko’s mother’s identity stretches over Western Islands to the far Eastern Islands of Murray (Mer), Darnley, (Erub) Islands in the Torres Strait region and of Melanesian background. Through her cultural connections today, Yuriko, practices and have brought into her way of life the richness of all cultures from where all her ancestors originated.
In her professional career, Yuriko has held many roles, has extensive social, community service, community development and project management background and have also worked within the Native Title sector for many years. Yuriko currently works for Mura Kosker Sorority, and continues to work intently throughout advocating and providing support for her people in the Torres Straits.