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Maggie Burns

Maggie is the Federal Policy Fellow at Wildlife Conservation Society in Washington, D.C. She supports the team by liaising with Capitol Hill offices and drafting outreach and communications materials on U.S. international affairs issues such as combating wildlife trafficking, pandemic prevention and zoonotic disease risk, and deforestation. Maggie has also worked at the International Fund for Animal Welfare where she worked on the Big Cat Public Safety Act and combating wildlife trafficking online. During her graduate program at American University, she conducted research on the food-water-energy nexus in Israel and the West Bank. She worked in PR and marketing in Charleston, SC, her hometown, before moving to D.C.

Maggie earned her M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University’s School of International Service and Bachelor’s degrees in English (Writing & Publication) and Communications (Public Relations) from Clemson University. In her free time, she enjoys long walks with her lab mix rescue, playing the violin, rowing, and photographing her travels.