Michelle Grady leads Pew’s marine work in Australia, collaborating with conservation, science, and community partners to safeguard unique marine life and ecosystems. She has over 20 years of experience in Australia in conservation advocacy, organisational and campaign management, and providing policy advice to the government.
Michelle has specialised in securing protection for large intact areas of land and sea, including the internationally significant Coongie Lakes wetlands in South Australia, and the world’s largest network of marine parks and sanctuaries around Australia.
After working as an adviser to two Senators, Michelle headed the Conservation Council of South Australia for a decade, during which time she led successful multilateral campaigns on climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, planning law reform, biodiversity conservation, and protected areas.
Before joining Pew, she was a senior adviser to the government in biodiversity law reform and strategic program development. Michelle serves in statutory posts with organisations that include the Fisheries Council of South Australia and the Aquaculture Advisory Council.
Michelle lives in Perth and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Adelaide University and a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from the University of South Australia. She is a recipient of Australia’s Centenary Medal for service to the community in education, environment, advocacy, leadership, and conservation.