Mary Pfaffko joined Defenders of Wildlife in 2017 as Private Lands Policy Analyst where she conducts complex policy research and analysis, and develops information, partnerships, and programs to further science-based wildlife conservation on private lands nationwide. Prior to joining Defenders, Mary worked for fish and wildlife science, conservation, and funding in state and non-governmental capacities. Mary earned a B.S. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from American University.