Mikayla Down lives in Coen within the Zone 3 Indigenous Sector, and is a Traditional Owner of Lama Lama Country. At the time of her appointment to the Board of Directors of Cape York NRM, Mikayla was also a member of Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation, Lama Lama Land Trust and Rinyirru (Lakefield Nation Park) Land Trust.
In 2016 Mikayla was appointed as the Engagement, Communications and Planning Officer for Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation and holds a Cert lll in Conservation and Land Management.
Since 2012 Mikayla held the positions of Casual Ranger and then Engagement and Education Officer for Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation prior to her appointment as Engagement, Communications and Planning Officer for Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation.
After high school in 2010, Mikayla studied dancing and completed two years at NAISDA Dance College, and hold a Certificate III in Careers in Dance.