Margalit was born in Perth, raised in Melbourne, studied in the U.S., worked in Canberra and until recently lived in Berlin as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy to Germany, where she covered a range of foreign policy, cyber, AI, climate and energy policy issues. On completing her posting, she decided to pursue work that focused on the most pressing global issues and took up a position in the climate unit in the Australian Foreign Ministry. She now undertakes a range climate change related work including as an international negotiator in Australia's delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since joining the Foreign Ministry in 2012, she has held a range of positions including as ministerial liaison and as Australia’s first diplomatic exchange officer to Germany. Margalit’s connection to Jewish life, activism, education, and community was forged during her many years in the youth movement Habonim Dror. Despite her transient life, she builds community wherever she lives. Margalit holds a double bachelor in economics and arts from Monash University and the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne.