Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Nancy is senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations, where she oversees the ASPCA's legislative efforts and public policy at the local, state and federal government levels. Under Nancy's leadership, the ASPCA Government Relations team works closely with lawmakers and citizen advocates to secure the strongest possible protections for animals through the passage of humane legislation and regulations. She has been active on the front lines of the debate regarding horse slaughter, horse soring, wild horses and other abuses.
Nancy grew up riding and showing horses on the East and West Coasts. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. She received her MA in Communications from California State University, Northridge and a JD with an Environmental Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, where she co-founded Lewis & Clark's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Animal Law Journal. Nancy is an advisory board member of the Animal Law Review, teaches animal law at George Washington University Law School and has published several articles on animal law. Nancy lives in the Washington, D.C. area, with her husband, her two rescued dogs, Ellie and Summer, her three former feral cats, Emma, June and Sylvester, and Sam, a rescued blind starling.
Senior Director, Equine and Special Projects
Valerie is an over 20-year veteran of the ASPCA and a lifelong animal welfare advocate and equestrian. She is the proud pet parent of DaVinci, her second ASPCA rescue dog, and is the former owner of a beautiful, chestnut Thoroughbred show horse named Preference, who retired in his mid-30s and lived until he was almost 40 years old. Growing up in New England around barns, hunter/jumper show stables and equestrian summer camps, Valerie learned at a young age the harsh reality that many horses (and other animals) face when their guardians are no longer their advocates. Her dream was to be their voice and make a positive difference for animals. Valerie is a graduate of Long Island University with a bachelor's degree in communication arts and broadcasting. She often appears in media and public events on behalf of animals and the ASPCA.
In addition to organizing and running equine welfare events and expert panel discussions, Valerie created and heads up the ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors program. Valerie is also currently working on the Equine Angels program, a club open to equestrians and horse lovers who want to take action on any level to help horses. She is also in charge of preserving and exhibiting the ASPCA's archival collection, which dates back to the 1840s, and contains artifacts and documents of the history of equine and animal welfare in the United States.
Federal Legislative Manager
Specializing in equine issues, Carolyn works to advance federal legislation to help animals on Capitol Hill. She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law where she developed her legal expertise in equine issues. She spent two summers interning at a wild horse sanctuary in California and focused her independent study on the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. She also worked with the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, co-writing an appellate brief for an animal cruelty case involving four abused horses (a case won in the horses' favor!) and researching animal welfare statutes across the U.S. Carolyn hails from Kentucky and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with one human roommate, her roommate's cat Lola, who was rescued from a hoarding case, and a newly adopted rescued Greyhound named Ruby ("Roo").
Grassroots Advocacy Manager
Jessica works to mobilize constituents and key contacts in the field to galvanize support for the ASPCA with advocacy workshops, lobby days, and special events. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy, and later received her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law with an animal law emphasis. As a student, she served as managing editor and form and style editor of the Animal Law Journal, co-director of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and board member of the Animal Law Conference committee, and she participated in several law competitions and grassroots events, where she honed her advocacy skills by meeting with state legislators and testifying before committees. A Minnesota native, Jessica lives in D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood with her very handsome German Shepherd mix named Brody.