Michelle Grady joined Pew in 2008 to manage the Outback Australia Program. Grady has worked for 18 years as a conservation advocate at the local, national and international levels; a managing director of nonprofit organizations; and campaign manager and senior policy adviser to government.
After serving as an adviser to two Australian senators, Grady led the Conservation Council of South Australia, composed of 60 conservation groups in the state, for 12 years. She oversaw successful multilateral campaigns in the areas of climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, reform of planning laws, biodiversity conservation and protected areas.
As the national marine campaign manager for the Australian Conservation Foundation, Grady led campaigns to establish marine reserves and draft oceans legislation. She later was an international advocate in expert forums and treaty processes for cetacean conservation. She has most recently been a senior adviser to the Australian government on biodiversity law reform and strategic program development.
Grady holds a bachelor’s degree in English, politics and history from the University of Adelaide and a graduate diploma in business administration from the University of South Australia.