Communications Team

Megan Backus spreads the word about ALDF’s work for animals through social media and other platforms, including Facebook,, and, by creating pledges, petitions, and fundraising campaigns that allow supporters to directly engage with ALDF campaigns. Megan also provides resources for media outlets, individuals in need, and ALDF members. In addition to connecting with reporters and bloggers to publicize recent updates on the latest in animal law, Megan also oversees ALDF’s annual National Justice for Animals Week.

Prior to working for ALDF, Megan was a youth volunteer coordinator with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County in California. She received a B.A. in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Sonoma State University and has always been an animal lover. Her passion for animal rights started in 2005 when she transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. As she researched, she learned about the horrors of the meat and dairy industries. When the volunteer program she worked for was terminated in 2007, she knew she wanted to steer her career path towards one that would help animals. Megan once volunteered for Noah’s B’Ark North Rescue, where she fostered and later adopted two Chihuahuas named Betty and Peanut. She shares her home with a third Chihuahua named Ruby and a fluffy orange kitty named Murray.

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.

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.

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