Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever appoint Owen Stockdale to the National Board of Directors

Conservationist and business leader helps guide future operations of The Habitat Organization

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are pleased to announce the appointment of Owen Stockdale to their National Board of Directors. Stockdale, a high-impact business leader for global agriculture/natural resource institutions and a passionate upland conservationist, joins the 17-member board that meets regularly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.

“As a global business leader, Owen brings a unique skill set to The Habitat Organization to help transform and improve the effectiveness of our habitat conservation mission,” said Marilyn Vetter, President and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Knowing the important work we do every day across the entire US pheasant and quail range, Owen is an Elite member, a bird hunter, and has invested personal time and energy to help the organization succeed on multiple levels. We are lucky to have his talents as part of the National Board of Directors.”

Stockdale attended Princeton University graduating with a BSE degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering before earning his MBA from Harvard University in 2007. He is currently a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he leads the company’s global agricultural practice, advising companies across the agricultural value chain on strategy, operations, sustainability and growth.

As a Patron of Pheasants Forever Gold and an ardent supporter, Stockdale previously led McKinsey & Company’s pro bono support of Pheasants Forever’s national strategy efforts in 2012. In addition, he served on the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for the organization’s success. Call of the Highlands® National campaign recently ended with more than $565 million raised and 11 million acres of upland improved across North America in the past six years. Completing her affinity for conservation, Stockdale is currently in the process of restoring a 40-acre grassland and wetland complex in Iowa with the expertise of a wildlife biologist Pheasants Forever Farm Bill.

“I am very honored to serve an organization that I have admired for a long time,” Stockdale said. “Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s ability to connect with conservationists across the country and make a direct habitat impact on our most precious ecosystems is unrivaled. I look forward to doing everything I can to help the volunteers, staff, and board members continue to build on this great legacy.”

Owen and his wife, Becca, spend time between Okoboji, Iowa and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. They have three sons, Ben (7), Gus (7) and Ned (3), along with a Labrador retriever, Birdie, who recently became a Dog Life Member at the 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Minneapolis. His outside interests include highland hunting, retriever training, fly-fishing, hiking, and youth sports coaching.

About pheasants forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters, and partners is dedicated to protecting our highlands through habitat improvement, public access, education, and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent—the only national conservation organization to operate through this grassroots structure. Since its inception in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 575,000 habitat projects benefiting 24 million acres.