Meet Our Staff

Animal Legal Defense Fund staff

The Executive Team drives the direction of our cases and campaigns.

Our Financial Team is responsible for ensuring the fiscal health and bookkeeping of our organization.

The Communications Team is responsible for public relations, media relations, online communications, and promoting ALDF's cases and campaigns.

The Animal Law Program works to advance the emerging field of animal law by facilitating the development of animal law courses, supporting the growth of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters, and increasing volunteer and educational opportunities for legal professionals.

Our Criminal Justice Program provides free legal assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to ensure criminal anti-cruelty laws are enforced; the program also maintains a national database of animal cruelty cases and animal protection laws.

The Development Team directs marketing and fundraising drives, and works with major donors who support ALDF’s cases and campaigns.

The Legislative Affairs Program advances animal protection legislation at the state and local level and counters legislation detrimental animals’ well-being.

Our litigation program files civil actions on behalf of animals, often include filing amicus curiae briefs arguing the case for recognition of the bonds between humans and nonhuman animals, and formal complaints against government agencies charged with enforcing laws meant to protect animals.

Our Pro Bono Program is the nation’s largest pro bono network for animal protection. Our program partners with attorneys and pro bono coordinators across the country to further our litigation, criminal justice, and legislative goals. The program also works to increase the legal community’s understanding of animal law.

The Project Management Program manages the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s events, projects, and campaigns to enable the organization to effectively educate legal advocates about current animal law issues, to further the organization’s legal objectives and public awareness initiatives, and to facilitate its strategic and programmatic goals.

Membership and Operations works to ensure that all of ALDF's infrastructure runs smoothly. From membership databases to IT solutions, the department covers all systems that enable ALDF to continue the day-to-day legal operations of animal protection.

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