Membership & Operations

Sandy Haynes works closely with the director of operations to create and maintain a foundation for ALDF’s vital work to better the lives of animals. This includes managing membership databases and implementing IT solutions. Prior to coming to ALDF, Sandy managed grassroots campaign efforts for Born Free USA and worked closely on a variety of projects with the head of the Animal Protection Institute. She has spent more than 10 years in operations and administrative management, particularly in the areas of human resources, information technology, and membership. Sandy has also written action alerts, blogs, and articles for Animal Issues magazine.

Her advocacy for animals includes grassroots activism to help California pass Proposition 2, which improved the welfare of animals on factory farms. While in college, Sandy organized an animal protection fundraiser featuring River Phoenix’s band Aleka’s Attic. She has also been a therapeutic riding volunteer and a dog socializer for local humane societies. Trained as a volunteer disaster responder with Red Rover, Sandy has dedicated her life to helping improve the lives of dogs and has been active in anti-puppy mill campaigns, spay and neuter events, and work to prevent dogfighting rings. She is also passionate about bringing awareness to the inhumane treatment of animals in circuses and encouraging attendance at more compassionate entertainment venues.

Liberty Mulkani coordinates events for ALDF, particularly ALDF’s Animal Law Conferences in conjunction with the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is responsible for planning and organizing budgets, venues, lodging, on-site event logistics such as registration, catering, and awards, and coordinating with speakers. She also organizes Animal Law Receptions for ALDF at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting and Taking Action for Animals. Liberty has worked with ALDF for more than a decade, first as a volunteer and then as the Student Liaison for the Animal Law Program. Her work organizing ALDF’s 2004 Future of Animal Law Conference at Yale Law School was the impetus for her position as ALDF event coordinator. In 2005, Liberty was also a key assistant for ALDF in the care of hundreds of dogs rescued from the notorious North Carolina hoarders in the landmark ALDF v. Woodley case.

Liberty received her M.Ed. in humane education from the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) and Cambridge College. Her thesis was titled “Men and Vegetarianism: Motivations and Barriers to Becoming Vegetarian.” She draws upon this education to harmonize with issues in animal protection, environmental protection, and human rights topics. Liberty is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Humane Society. She coordinated a symposium on alternatives to animal testing for the Environmental Law Institute and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. This issue, testing upon animals in laboratories, was what led Liberty to become vegetarian at age 11. Liberty has been a vegan for over a decade, and continues to care deeply about the fight against animal testing, farmed animal issues, and animals in entertainment. She and her husband live with two rescued cats, Quetico and Amelie.


Kay Wood manages the office at ALDF and assists the Animal Law Program with student and attorney requests. She also oversees membership donations and queries, and also works closely with the director of operations in an office management capacity. Kay works tirelessly to support all staff members, on projects great and small, and also keeps the office lively and warm with new foster companion animals.

An English native, Kay received her nursing degree from the United Kingdom. She trained to set up community animal/humane outreach in schools and senior living/hospital facilities and as a volunteer coordinator. She has a background in advertising and communications and was vice-president of marketing and media for, a very successful San Francisco/New York interactive ad agency. After twelve years of advertising she gave it all up to manage Pets Unlimited, an animal shelter in San Francisco.

Five years later, she, husband Dave and ten four-legged companions decided it was time to go back to Ireland. After eighteen months, they knew they had to come back to California, and here they all are, back in Cotati and a five minute walk from the office. Kay joined ALDF permanently several years ago after eight years of volunteering. She is actively involved in the foster-hospice program for Muttville senior dog rescue, and to all companion animals and human colleagues, Kay is a wonderful foster mom with a heart of gold.

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