Michelle Grady directs Pew’s initiative to bring together Indigenous people, scientists, conservation organisations, industry, and government agencies to conserve Australia’s critical natural landscapes and marine habitats. These efforts include advocating for the inclusion of new areas in the National Reserve System, funding conservation management activities, and creating sanctuaries for marine life.
Before joining Pew, Grady focused on conservation advocacy, organisational and campaign management, and providing policy advice to the government. She specialized in securing protection for large intact areas of land and sea, including the internationally significant wetlands in South Australia and the world’s largest network of marine parks and sanctuaries around Australia. She also headed the Conservation Council of South Australia, leading multilateral campaigns on climate change, native vegetation protection, marine conservation, planning law reform, biodiversity conservation, and protected areas.
Grady holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, Australian history, and politics from Adelaide University and a graduate diploma in business administration from the University of South Australia.