Development Team

As Director of Development, Kevin Connelly leads the fundraising efforts that enable the Animal Legal Defense Fund to pursue our mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Kevin has nearly 30 years’ experience with Bay Area-based environmental and animal advocacy organizations and is proud to have built a career aligned with his personal core values of compassion for animals and protection of our environment. Most recently, he was Associate Director of Earth Island Institute for the past 11.5 years. Before that, Kevin was Development Director of In Defense of Animals and for The Gorilla Foundation (home of Koko the gorilla), and was on the development staff of the national Sierra Club. He is also an advisory board member of Factory Farm Awareness Coalition. Kevin hails from Pittsburgh and earned degrees in Industrial Management and in Economics from Carnegie Mellon. He has been a vegetarian for the planet for more than two decades, and an ethical vegan for the animals since 2002.

Cindy believes that it’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part in improving the world. As our Donor Relations Manager, Cindy helps expand our supporter base and secure the resources that allow the Animal Legal Defense Fund to pursue the most effective strategies to protect animals. Her career spans 35 years and covered health and human services and the arts before she decided it was time to use her expertise for her personal passion of animal protection. Cindy is well-versed in all facets of development, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, endowment funds and grants. She holds certifications from UCLA in Fund Raising, is a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving and continues as an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partners in Philanthropy.

Cindy makes her home in the Los Angeles area with her two cats Lily (the essence of calm) and Chloe (a total goofball). When Cindy’s not in the office she’s enjoying the beach, the local music and theater scene, volunteering at animal rescues, or swing dancing.

Dale ThompsonDale works closely with the director of development in day-to-day operations and specializes in grant writing. She received her undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College, where she developed a passion for animal rights and environmental conservation. She later completed a master’s degree in professional communication at Westminster College.

Previously, Dale worked with the Great Salt Lake Institute in Utah, an organization dedicated to supporting research, education, and stewardship of the Great Salt Lake. This is a vital migratory habitat for birds designated as part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network in 1992, and Dale is proud of the work she did to help people understand the value of the lake and the wildlife who rely on the lake habitat for survival. Conservation is important to Dale’s animal activism and she has worked for another organization that protects wilderness areas and endangered species—in addition, Dale has volunteered with the Great Salt Lake Audubon Society. Dale also has a background in the arts, having previously worked for a performing arts center and an online arts magazine.

 

Katy uses her fundraising expertise for the Animal Legal Defense Fund as a development officer, with a special focus on south, southeastern, and Midwestern parts of the United States. Katy raises major gift donations and planned gift commitments that support our mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. She looks forward to meeting you as you consider how to be a hero for animals.

Prior to joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Katy worked in fundraising for 10 years. She went to college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Katy’s passion for helping animals began with  learning about the plight of farmed animals and that inspired her to dedicate herself to working for animals full time. Katy is based in Austin, Texas, where you can find her volunteering at the Austin Animal Center, enjoying the live music scene, and being a full-time dog foster family.

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