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.
Emma is the Events Administrative Assistant for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She assists with the myriad tasks involved in planning and hosting all of our meetings, conferences, and other events.
Emma graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by her late grandfather’s work with the Humane Society of the United States, Emma worked as an intern with the Federal Affairs Department of the HSUS as part of her mission to develop a career in animal protection. Emma was raised vegetarian and grew up in a family that placed an emphasis on fair treatment for animals. In joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund, she puts her passion to work.
Outside of the office, Emma volunteers at a sanctuary for farmed animals rescued largely from factory farming operations, the dairy industry and battery egg farms. Getting to know these farmed animals as individuals was the final push for Emma to go vegan over three years ago. She also enjoys taking her 9-year-old rescue dog, Lilly, for long walks so they can both enjoy the scenery. Lilly joins Emma in the office and spends her days seeking belly rubs when she’s not napping.