Financial Team

Ellen Monck is the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s director of finance. She leads the organization’s financial planning efforts and oversees the team responsible for managing financial resources and transactions.

Ellen earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University with an accounting concentration. Previously Ellen was a vice president at Bank of America, where she worked for fourteen years in financial reporting and portfolio risk management. For the past seven years Ellen has devoted her efforts exclusively to supporting mission-centered organizations, using the skills acquired in her financial services work to help nonprofits formulate strategic perspectives to guide decisions.

Ellen lives in Cotati with her husband Joe, and daughter Leah, and hopes to add a four legged friend to the family soon.

Lisa McCortney provides administrative support to ALDF’s finance director. She brings over 27 years of hands on experience with emphasis on bookkeeping, general accounting, and technical prowess in a variety of areas. Before coming to ALDF, Lisa managed her own companies in Chicago. She managed data for a university in Virginia and taught training seminars for professionals regarding accounting software in the pharmaceutical industry. Her training also includes paralegal writing and real estate transactions. She is passionate about crafting and is an avid lover of dogs, cats, and horses. Lisa’s favorite pastimes are crafting, spending time with family and her rescue shepherd, Milli.


As finance intern, Briana unites her love for both organization and animals by providing crucial support to the Accounting Manager and making sure the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s finances are accurately accounted and properly processed. Briana is currently working toward an associate degree in accounting at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her sweet, seven-year-old pit bull Lexi joins her in the office and loves seeking out cuddles from staff. When Briana isn’t at work or school, she enjoys family time and taking day trips to the beach with her boyfriend.

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