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Principal Deputy Director

Margaret Everson is the Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a bureau within the Department of Interior. USFWS’s primary responsibility is the “management of fish and wildlife for the American public.” The agency works to “enforce federal wildlife laws, protect endangered species, manage migratory birds, restore nationally significant fisheries, conserve and restore wildlife habitat such as wetlands.” Everson was delegated the authority of the Director of USFWS by Secretary Bernhardt on May 23, 2019. 

Before joining USFWS in November 2018, she was the Chief Policy Officer at Ducks Unlimited from December 2014 to November 2018, a Principal at Everson Consulting from February 2014 to December 2014, Assistant Attorney General at the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General from December 2008 to February 2014, and as General Counsel at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. She also worked at the Department of Interior during the Bush Administration as a Counselor to the Director of USFWS from January 2005 to November 2008, and at Interior as an Attorney-Adviser from October 2003 to January 2005, a Policy Analyst from March 2003 to September 2003, and as a Law Clerk from December 2001 to February 2003. 

Everson attended St. Francis University from 1992 to 1996 and Vermont Law School from 1998 to 2001. 

Sources: [LinkedIn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-About the U.S. Fish And Wildlife ServiceSafari Club International, Department of Interior Order No. 3345, Amendment No. 27, Michael Doyle, Ducks Unlimited’s policy chief takes FWS post, E&E News, 10/22/18]

Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

“Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities.” Its CEO is Dale Hall, the former director of USFWS during the Bush Administration. Everson served as his counselor from January 2005 to November 2008. 

Source: [Michael Doyle, Ducks Unlimited’s policy chief takes FWS post, E&E News, 10/22/18, LinkedIn,]

Source: [Ducks Unlimited, LinkedIn, Letter from Lynn A. Greenwalt et. al. to John Barrasso et. al., 03/30/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Current Activity

During the 2018-2019 government shutdown, USFWS under Everson brought back “a limited number of employees to resume work on high priority projects and activities that support the Service’s mission and meet the public’s desire for access to Refuge lands.” 

Source: [Ellen Knickmeyer, US orders refuges to staff for hunters despite shutdown, Associated Press, 01/09/19]

Political Connections

In 2018, Everson donated $250 to Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA).

In 2018, Everson donated $250 to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).

In 2018, Everson donated $250 to The Colorado Way. 

In 2017, Everson donated $250 to Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA).

In 2017, Everson donated $250 to Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).

In 2017, Everson donated $250 to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

In 2017, Everson donated $250 to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). 

In 2016, Everson donated $250 to Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT). 

In 2016, Everson donated $250 to Senator John Thune (R-SD). 

In 2016, Everson donated $250 to Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). 

In 2015, Everson donated $250 to Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT).

In 2015, Everson donated $250 to William (Jack) John Conway, candidate for Governor of Kentucky.

Note: Senators John Barrasso and Debbie Stabenow have jurisdiction over Interior on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Congressmen Rob Bishop and Rob Wittman has jurisdiction over Interior on the House Natural Resources Committee. 

Sources: [Search for Margaret Everson, Federal Election Commission, accessed 07/11/19; Search for Margaret Everson, Kentucky Registry of Campaign Finance, accessed 07/11/19, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, House Natural Resources Committee]

Lobbying

Everson was registered to lobby for Ducks Unlimited. In 2018 and 2017, they spent $320,000 each year on lobbying expenses. In 2016, they spent $290,000. In 2015, they spent $260,000.

Source: [Search for Margaret Everson, Senate Lobbying Database, accessed 07/12/19]