Patricia 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 For All Animals and resides in New York City.
Elizabeth uses her extensive experience in the animal protection field to manage daily operations in our Communications department. She ensures that our messaging and content through all communications channels is reflective of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission, and she serves as the primary editor for all written content.
Elizabeth has been dedicated to animal issues for most of her life. Throughout her time at Virginia Tech she was active in animal rights groups, and upon graduation she started her career at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as a Media Spokesperson and Animals in Entertainment Campaign Coordinator. She went on to run the communications department for a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting cats, before working for a full service marketing firm, managing state and federal government campaigns. In 2011, Elizabeth returned to the animal protection field as a strategy consultant, and in 2016 joined the staff of the Animal Legal Defense Fund—a previous client. Having followed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work for many years, Elizabeth is proud to work for an organization that creates real change for animals.
Outside of the office, Elizabeth is the founder of For All Animals, a nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire positive change on behalf of animals, especially those who would be otherwise overlooked and marginalized. She also loves to craft and explore nature with her photographer husband Jason. They live in Baltimore with Joey, a Pomeranian who survived a decade at a puppy mill, Wally their rescued poodle and their female felines, Bella and Frank.
As Campaigns Manager, Elizabeth coordinates the communications aspects of all long-term campaigns and increases supporter engagement through direct outreach and digital marketing. She believes most people don’t want animals to suffer, but don’t realize the impact of their food and lifestyle choices on animals. She’s grateful her work allows her to educate people and empower them to speak out on behalf of animals.
Joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund is the fulfillment of a long-time dream for Elizabeth, who went to law school for the sole purpose of protecting animals through the legal system. Elizabeth graduated from Pomona College and went on to earn her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was vice president of the SALDF chapter, and worked as an Animal Legal Defense Fund summer clerk.
Elizabeth was born with a deep love of animals, particularly dogs. After learning about the horrors of factory farming from a flyer outside a showing of Star Wars, she became vegetarian. In college, she realized the full extent of animal suffering in the world and decided to dedicate her life to animal protection.
When she’s not working, Elizabeth is maintaining her reputation as culture enthusiast – hitting the movie theater weekly, keeping up with the latest TV shows, and reading the newest novels.
She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband Teddy, Chihuahuas Alvin and the Colonel, and four rescue cats: Ripley, Prometheus, Jabba the Catt, and Pinguino.
As the digital communications specialist, Kathryn Lastufka supports the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s digital strategies and initiatives. She coordinates across departments to create quality content for our social media platforms, website, and emails. As an animal lover and metrics enthusiast, Kathryn is passionate about connecting people with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission and finding the best content for different audiences. Kathryn graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Digital Media Studies and Italian. She enjoys spending time outdoors and relaxing with a cup of coffee and a book (especially the Harry Potter series). She lives with her partner Todd in San Rafael, California, and while they don’t have their own animal companions yet, they enjoy the company of neighborhood community cat, Butters.
As the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s publicist, Natalia is the organization’s liaison with the press. She creates and maintains relationships with reporters and makes sure they receive updates and breaking news from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Natalia also coordinates interviews with our attorneys on local and national media.
Natalia has a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from University of South Florida. She is also a member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Association Honor Society.
After watching a documentary on the horrors of factory farming, Natalia adopted a plant-based diet and committed herself to working toward a world where animals are respected as living, sentient beings. She feels it is her duty to fight for those who don’t have a voice. Natalia takes great pride in knowing that the information she communicates to the media plays a role in other people’s decision to become advocates.
Before joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Natalia spread the word about animal protection as a writer for multiple outlets including the Tampa Bay Times, Ecorazzi and Care2. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband Dan and four rescue cats—Magic, Minnie, Jinji and Dubha. When she’s not working, Natalia likes to appreciate everything Florida has to offer, like lounging at the beach and visiting Disney.
In his role as Digital Media Manager, David oversees every element of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s online presence, from building all of the emails that keep our supporters updated, to keeping the website working smoothly. David has over 15 years of experience in commercial design as a visual designer, a developer, an information architect, a digital strategist, and an experience designer. As a lifelong animal person, David moved from the commercial world to apply his experience and skills to a cause he feels passionately about. David lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner Kelly and canine companions Charlie and Frankie.
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 trouble making cats, Jimmy and The Colonel.