Anya is a biologist and grants manager at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Falls Church, VA, where she works on bird habitat conservation via the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. She joined USFWS in 2014, as a Presidential Management Fellow. During her fellowship she worked at the Council on Environmental Quality for six months as a Wildlife Policy Advisor. Her portfolio included wildlife trafficking, endangered species, and ecosystem services. Previously, Anya worked at the International Fund for Animal Welfare as a Policy Analyst, focusing her efforts on polar bear and African lion conservation, and the ivory trade. Although she lives in Maryland, Colorado is home and where she first fell in love with hiking, fishing, camping and the great outdoors. Anya studied biology at Colorado State University and decided to become a conservation biologist after a summer as a field assistant working on loggerhead sea turtles. She later received her Master’s in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.