Board of Directors
Lisa Brewer joined the ALDF Board in 2014. She has worked as an attorney at Hewlett-Packard Corporation and Apple, Inc., and also served as General Counsel for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. She currently has her own law practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on workplace investigations. Lisa’s international experience includes living in Tokyo, Japan, where she developed a consulting practice conducting management and negotiation training workshops. Traumatized at an early age by the story of Black Beauty, Lisa developed a strong sensitivity to the plight of animals subjected to cruelty by humans. She has actively supported humane societies and animal shelters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Honolulu, and has worked as an adoption counselor volunteer for the San Francisco SPCA. She and her husband share their home with two affectionate rescue cats: Pearl, a short-legged and sassy tabby/calico mix, and Joey, a beautiful Russian Blue/tabby with a tiny brain and a huge heart.
Wendy Morgan joined ALDF’s Board in 2014. Wendy currently manages her own law practice in the Bay Area, specializing in family law collaborative practice and mediation; she has experience in business, entertainment and animal law. In addition to her law degree, Wendy holds a master’s degree in depth psychology from the Center for Intentional Living. Wendy served as Sr. Vice President of Legal Affairs for Columbia Pictures and Vice President of Business Affairs for The Walt Disney Company. She was a deputy city attorney for cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola, CA and currently serves as a pro tem judge in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties, CA. Wendy is passionate about animal protection and has volunteered at sanctuaries in the U.S. and Africa, working with non-human primates. She is an avid photographer. She has one daughter and shares her home with a rescue dog, Jersey, a Shih Tzu mix, and two rescue cats, Gracie, a Siamese, and George, a Maine Coon.
Bea Nemlaha, a retired family-law attorney, was a partner in a large entertainment law firm in Los Angeles before practicing solo for almost 30 years. Prior to her law career, Bea was a founding and the managing partner of a public policy consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. An amateur student of animal behavior, Bea has studied orangutans in Kalimantan and wolves in the Carpathian Mountains of Poland. She has traveled widely across Africa to view its wildlife, and most recently to the Republic of Congo and Rwanda to see the differences between Lowland and Mountain Gorillas, to Canada to observe Polar Bears, and to Eastern Greenland to observe the relationship between subsidence Inuits and their dogs. Bea prefers travel to remote destinations including most recently North Korea, Iran, and Myanmar. Her other interests include documentary and art photography, serious music and dance, and hiking. Bea’s interest in and love for all animals has led her to support and advance the work of ALDF, whose Board she joined in late 2015. Bea is a graduate of Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan. She lives in Santa Monica, California with two geriatric but healthy kitties.
Jim Rockenbach was elected to ALDF’s board in 2008. Prior to that, he was a board member and treasurer of the Animal Protection Institute out of Sacramento, California. Jim’s involvement with both animal rights causes and the Animal Legal Defense Fund date back to the early 1980’s. After nearly thirty years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jim returned to the place where he was born and raised, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently employed as in-house counsel to a national mortgage banking company, where he specializes in consumer protection law. Jim’s wife, Diane, a California native, joined him in the journey to Philadelphia, not really having a clue what she was getting herself into.
Andrea Arden is an animal trainer, author, and dog behavior columnist. She has appeared on Animal Planet’s hit shows Dogs 101, Cats 101, Pets 101, America’s Cutest Dog, and America’s Cutest Cat, as well as The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, PBS, and Lifetime. She is author of the books Barron’s Dog Training Bible, Dog-Friendly Dog Training, Train Your Dog the Lazy Way, and The Little Book of Dog Tricks. She has also written columns for Dog Fancy and The New York Dog magazines. Andrea was named the best dog trainer in New York by New York, W, Time Out, and Quest magazines and the Daily News.
David N. Cassuto joined ALDF’s board in 2011 and is a professor of law at Pace Law School, where he specializes in environmental and animal law. He also directs the Brazil-American Institute for Law & Environment. David is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and has long been interested in animal law and animal ethics, a journey which began with environmentalism and still springs from there. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, son and Labra-doodle. When not teaching law, David can usually be found outdoors. In the winter time, he is a professional ski instructor. During other seasons, he is an amateur everything else.
Elizabeth joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s board in 2017. For her, a perfect day means writing, planting tomatoes and enjoying life with her Pearl and Spike, two pit bull pals rescued from a dog fighting bust in Alabama. She’s written for numerous publications, including The Village Voice, New York magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Bark, Artforum, Art in America and Art News. Her books on animals include “Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats and Everyday Heroes at a Country Animal Shelter” and “Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would be Human,” which was the basis for the documentary “Project Nim.” Her article on New York City’s municipal shelter system won the Humane Society’s Genesis award in 1998.
Eradicating the suffering of animals is Elizabeth’s way of making the world a better place, which she does through her writing and involvement with nonprofits. Elizabeth is very active with a pit bull rescue and a horse sanctuary and advocacy organization near her home in upstate New York. Her next book will examine the vast and diverse pit bull culture in the U.S.
Sarah Luick joined ALDF’s board in the early 1980’s after starting (with Steven Wise) a regional ALDF chapter in Boston, served as Secretary for many years, and has been chair of the Board since 2011. Sarah worked on the amicus brief filed by ALDF to uphold the Maryland cruelty conviction of Dr. Edward Taub, who experimented on the Silver Springs primates. She also assisted with legal arguments on the Provimi Co. case, challenging the crate-raising of calves for veal. She has participated in ALDF conferences over the years and was a judge in the annual animal law moot court competitions until 2011. Sarah has also long been involved in various animal advocacy organizations in Massachusetts while maintaining her job as a Massachusetts state Administrative Law Judge. She lives on Boston Harbor with her rescued pal Lolly—a big bundle of happy energy black lab-husky mix.
Morgan Mulford joined the ALDF board in 2015. Morgan has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years, alternately training financial advisors and working to help his own clients grow assets and manage risk. Following tenures with GE Capital and Chase Investment Services, he now works through NYLife Securities in New York City. He is a graduate of the College of New Jersey. Morgan has shared his life with companion animals since childhood and has been involved with various animal advocacy organizations and shelters both in New York City and on the New Jersey Shore. He believes that all animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans, which cannot be left just to the compassion of humans, but is an entitlement that must be protected under the law. He joined the ALDF board to help animal lovers support the ALDF’s work for many years to come while also fulfilling their own financial goals and objectives.
Victoria Stack joined ALDF’s board in 2014. She is a co-founder and director of International Communication Initiatives, a nonprofit whose mission is to design, coordinate, and promote cross-disciplinary projects that advance a humane and environmentally conscious society. In this capacity, Victoria was a delegation member of a U.S. State Department-funded trip to document findings on landmine eradication employing dogs and helped to establish a public-private program on this issue, “The K-9 Demining Campaign Corps,” operated by The Marshall Legacy Fund. Victoria is also one of the original board members of the U.S. arm of Fauna & Flora International, having provided support and leadership for many years as honorary secretary. She is also a member of the board of directors of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and a past board member of Rachel’s Network. She is on the Advisory Council for Earthwatch Institute and on the Ocean Council for Oceana, and she is a national trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Kennedy Center. Victoria is an alumna of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme, affiliated with University of Cambridge. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.