Meet INHF's New Ackelson Fellow

By Samantha Jones on July 17, 2018 in Blog


INHF is excited to welcome Anna Jordan to the team as our new Mark C. Ackelson Fellow.

As the Ackelson fellow, Anna will work on conservation policy issues in Iowa, including the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program and the Farm Bill.

The fellowship was endowed by INHF in honor of its former president, Mark C. Ackelson, who devoted his career to protecting and restoring Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Fellows work alongside INHF staff and partners to communicate the importance of natural resource protection to legislators and constituents. 

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to go out to INHF projects and see the restoration that is taking place there,” Jordan said. “I’m excited to see why we’re doing what we are — the places where INHF has made an impact and see what makes it all worth it.”

Anna grew up on a farm near Centerville, Iowa, where her family raised corn, soybeans and cattle. She graduated from the Drake University Law School in 2017 after completing her undergraduate education at Iowa State. Anna says she learned her love of conservation from Drake University Agricultural Law Center director Neil Hamilton, who is also on the INHF board of directors, and through her time as a legal intern with INHF in 2016.

In her free time, Anna enjoys walking her dog on the High Trestle Trail and traveling to all of the hidden treasures around Iowa.