Communications Team

Patricia Jones is the Communications Director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She oversees the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic communications, including all media relations, publications, online communications, graphic design, photography and videography.

Patricia’s career began as an NBC Page before she joined NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw as a production assistant. From there, she was quickly promoted to production associate, researcher and producer. During her tenure, Patricia wrote and produced breaking news and feature stories for Tom Brokaw and NBC News correspondents.

Later, Patricia applied her journalistic background to a new career in public relations with the international agency Hill & Knowlton. There she developed and implemented strategic marketing and public relations activities for clients.

It was Patricia’s lifelong interest in animal protection that led her to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) where she spent 7 years as Director of Media Relations and was promoted to Vice President of Media Relations and Advertising.

In 2005, Patricia launched her own company, P Jones Communications, and led successful, integrated campaigns on behalf of a variety of clients.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Patricia founded Paws PR, a subsidiary marketing company focused on raising media awareness of a nonprofit’s work to rescue animals affected by the disaster. Her work resulted in over 8 million dollars in donations to the charity. Since that time Paws PR has promoted numerous pet product companies and animal protection organizations. Patricia was named by Pet Age Magazine as a 2015 “Pet Industry Woman of Influence” and profiled by the Huffington Post in 2014 as a leading woman in business.

Patricia attended New York University and earned a B.A. with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Politics. She is a founding board member of the nonprofit organization Photographers for Animals and resides in New York City.

Ian Elwood works on ALDF’s online communications, including, 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.

Ian is a House Rabbit Society educator, helping rabbits find loving homes and teaching 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.

Laura Ramos brings her lifelong love of words to her role as communications writer. Laura is responsible for producing written content for print and online channels like the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s newsletter, press releases, op-eds, and blogs. She coordinates with communications staff and other departments, creating and editing content to ensure maximum impact for the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission. Laura has been an animal lover all her life, but developed a real interest in animal issues while studying ethics in college. She graduated cum laude from Dickinson College with a degree in political science. Laura’s work with the Animal Legal Defense Fund is the perfect combination of her love for animals, commitment to intersectional social justice, and deep appreciation for creating change through the legal system.

Before joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Laura spent six years working on communications, campaigns, and development for an organization focused on domestic cat protection. In her free time she loves to read non-fiction books, watch Bollywood movies, and keep a watchful eye on her two troublemaking cats, Jimmy and The Colonel.

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