Ian Elwood works on ALDF’s online communications, including aldf.org, action alerts, and social networks, ensuring that ALDF is the go-to online source for animal law news, resources, and advocacy. Specializing in multimedia production, Ian’s talents include filmmaking with a focus on animal advocacy and social justice issues as well as graphic design, web design, and audio production projects.
Previously, Ian worked for International Rivers, CorpWatch, Media Alliance, and other nonprofit organizations, and is an expert at creating and managing tools used for social change. Ian holds a master’s degree in Media Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Social Change from New College of California. Ian is active in the animal protection movement and was a speaker at the first Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley in 2012. He has been awarded several grants for his work, including a grant from the Farm Animal Rights Movement and A Well-Fed World for innovations in animal advocacy campaigning. Ian was also the winner of a Sunlight Foundation Grant for technological innovation. His writing and multimedia work have been published by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Oakland Tribune, VegNews, Vegansaurus and more.
Drawing upon a belief that “animals need people to be their voices,” Ian is a House Rabbit Society educator and volunteer with Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. He helps rabbits find loving homes and teaches others how to care for domesticated rabbits as companions. His animal activism and vegan advocacy were initially sparked by adopting rabbits from a municipal shelter, and meeting a rescued pig named Wallace.