Michelle Grady leads Pew’s marine work in Australia.
She has over 20 years of experience in Australia in conservation advocacy, organizational and campaign management, and policy advice to government.
Grady has specialized in securing protected areas over large intact areas on land and sea including the internationally significant Coongie Lakes wetlands, and the creation of the world’s largest network of marine parks.
Following her work as an adviser to two Senators, she headed the Conservation Council of South Australia for a decade including leading successful multilateral campaigns in the areas of climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, planning law reform, biodiversity conservation and protected areas.
As the national marine campaign manager for Australia’s peak conservation body, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Grady led campaigning on marine reserves and oceans legislation, before moving onto the international stage as an advocate in expert forums and treaty processes for cetacean conservation. Prior to Pew, she was a senior adviser to government in biodiversity law reform and strategic program development. Grady serves on a range of statutory posts including the Fisheries Council of South Australia and Aquaculture Advisory Council.
Grady holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and is a recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal, for service to the community in education, environment, advocacy, leadership and conservation.
She lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband Geoff and daughter Lucy.