Julia Hathaway is program director for the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Mississippi River Delta Restoration program. Based in Washington, she leads NWF’s efforts to activate a large-scale, long-term restoration program to reestablish a self-sustaining Mississippi River Delta ecosystem.
Before joining NWF, Julia served on the professional staff of one of the House Natural Resources Committee’s subcommittees, handling wildlife, ocean and coastal issues within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Prior to that, Julia was legislative director for the Ocean Conservancy where she helped spearhead the conservation community's efforts to reform federal fisheries management, protect marine ecosystems and improve ocean governance. She also focused on the federal budget and appropriations processes.
Julia also served in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, representing the National Wildlife Refuge System programs to Congress.
During her earlier tenure on Capitol Hill, she worked for Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), advancing policies to protect wildlife and the ecosystems upon which they depend, such as the Florida Everglades.