DU adds top policy talent to government affairs team

Julia Peebles and Grant McKenzie join Washington, D.C. staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 30, 2021 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced two new additions to the government affairs team operating out of the Washington, D.C., office. Julia Peebles joins as agriculture and sustainability manager and Grant McKenzie has accepted the position of government affairs coordinator. 

"We're thrilled to welcome Julia and Grant as the newest additions to one of the premier policy teams in conservation," said DU Chief Policy Officer Zach Hartman. "They each bring a unique skill set that makes them especially equipped to help DU work toward our vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever."

Born and raised in central Indiana, Peebles most recently led legislative policy efforts at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. She previously worked for former Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana before joining the government relations team at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. 

"Julia's proficiency in agricultural and environmental policy will help us communicate the ecosystem benefits of wetlands to key policymakers like never before," Hartman said. "Her expertise will be critical to expanding our partnerships with agriculture and sharing how wetlands benefit all people in the form of outdoor recreation, cleaner air and cleaner water."

Peebles grew up hunting upland birds and fishing local rivers. Her interest in policy paired with her passion for hunting and fishing led her to relocate to Washington, D.C., after graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

"I've spent nearly my entire life outdoors," Peebles said. "And it didn't take long to merge my natural passions for hunting and fishing with the policy knowledge I've developed throughout my career. I'm excited by the prospect that our work at DU to conserve waterfowl habitat may help provide future generations with the opportunity to grow up among the outdoors, just as I did." 

McKenzie is a native of Arkansas and, like Peebles, earned his bachelor's degree from Sewanee. Upon relocating to Washington, D.C., McKenzie began a career on Capitol Hill, where he worked for Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho before moving to Alcade and Fay, an environmental advocacy firm based in Arlington, Va.  

McKenzie's upbringing in the Natural State fostered a deep passion for duck hunting and fly fishing at a young age, activities that he's carried into his adult life, helping him quickly acclimate to life on the Atlantic Flyway.  

"As an avid duck hunter and lifelong outdoorsman, I couldn't be more excited to join an organization with the reputation of Ducks Unlimited," McKenzie said. "I'm ready to hit the ground running and help build upon the great successes of the best policy team in conservation." 

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.


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