Katie Hegarty is the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Chief Legislative Officer. In this role, Katie advocates on behalf of ODNR to local governments, the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, and the U.S. Congress. Her previous positions include Assistant Policy Director for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff & Central Ohio Regional Liaison for Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and Staff Assistant to Congressman Troy Balderson. A native of Grove City, Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in German and international studies from Xavier University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new countries, spending time outdoors, riding her bike, and fishing on Lake Erie.