Kellie Ralston has been appointed vice president for conservation and public policy at Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT), an international conservation organization based in Miami.

“We are excited to welcome Kellie to our team,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “Her knowledge, experience and leadership will have an immediate impact on BTT’s efforts to conserve coastal habitats, improve water quality and strengthen fisheries management.”

Ralston has served since 2015 as the southeast fisheries policy director for the American Sportfishing Association. Prior to her tenure at ASA, Ralston worked at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In these roles, she was involved in a range of environmental, water quality and fisheries-related issues.

Ralston also serves on NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises the Secretary of Commerce. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Florida State University.

BTT was founded in 1997 to conserve bonefish, tarpon and permit. This mission is pursued through science-based conservation, education and advocacy.