Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

  • Director
  • Oceans and Western Australia,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Australia


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 specialized 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.

Recent Work

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  • Australian Government Plans Massive Rollback of Marine Protections

    The Australian Government has released plans to reduce vital protections in the nation’s network of marine parks and sanctuaries, which is the largest in the world. At a time when other countries are increasing ocean protection, Australia is planning to remove sanctuaries that provide habitat for a vast array of marine life and improve ocean health in a variety of ways. Read More

  • The Sea & Me

    The film The Sea & Me, which documents the successes of Australia’s marine park network, explores how these reserves act as an insurance policy for the future by providing a sanctuary that allows marine life to recover and rebuild. Read More

  • We Are All Caretakers of Our Oceans

    The 30-minute film documents the experiences of people living and working close to sanctuaries for marine life. From Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and Maria Island in Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales coast, each of the reserves featured in the film is a world-class example of conservation and recreation interests working hand-in-hand. The sanctuaries, established more... Read More

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