“Margaret has helped design and implement conservation advocacy efforts with governmental bodies and non-governmental stakeholders,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “Her deep connections in the conservation community will help her keep Ducks Unlimited members and staff informed about proposed policies and legislation and advocate for results that benefit DU’s mission.”
Everson is currently the principal at Everson Consulting in Alexandria, Va., where she advises state agencies, nongovernmental entities, and industry on wildlife, conservation, and natural resource matters. While working in Kentucky, she was involved with numerous natural resource issues, including coal mining, wind power, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.
From 2006 to 2008, Everson was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve as counselor to Dale Hall, then director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to joining the FWS, Everson was with the Department of the Interior’s solicitor’s office for four years, where she provided legal analysis and policy recommendations for the department and its agencies in matters pertaining to restoration of the South Florida ecosystem and the Everglades.
From 1996 to 1998, Everson worked with International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on national fish and wildlife resource management, conservation, and legislative issues on behalf of state fish and wildlife agencies.
“Thanks to its dedicated volunteers and staff, Ducks Unlimited has been at the forefront of wetlands and waterfowl conservation for more than 75 years,” Everson said. “Habitat conservation is an increasingly important part of the national conversation and I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside DU’s talented staff, volunteers, and other members of the conservation community to advocate for improved wetlands and other habitat that will benefit wildlife and people.”
DU’s CPO plans, directs and oversees the policies relating to all phases of government relations in DU’s conservation efforts, and provides analysis on proposed legislation and regulations for possible impacts and effects on the organization. Along with keeping her finger on the pulse inside the Beltway, Everson will also plan and direct public policy conservation campaigns in support of DU’s organizational goals.