With 30 years of experience at the helm of animal advocacy — including as Executive Director of The Fund for Animals, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States; and Co-Founder of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Animal Wellness Action, and the Center for a Humane Economy — I have long focused my animal welfare work on public policy development and enforcement and corporate relationship building and reform. In addition to working to pass hundreds of federal and state laws, I’ve helped negotiate hundreds of corporate agreements — from SeaWorld’s decision to stop breeding orcas, to Armani’s policy to stop using fur, to McDonald’s policy to phase out its purchase of pork from suppliers relying on intensive confinement housing systems. That’s why I’m particularly excited to work with Karner Blue Capital in working strategically through the capital markets to make companies alert to the risks and opportunities associated with animal issues.
I started an animal advocacy group as a sophomore at Yale University, and after graduating started writing for a magazine in the field. I’ve been widely published in newspapers, magazines, and journals, and wrote two New York Times bestsellers, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them and The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals. I’ve spoken out on animal issues on all of the major media platforms in the U.S. — from 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC to the Oprah Winfrey Show to Ellen and Real Time with Bill Mahr. I’ve been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other outlets, and given hundreds of lectures urging individuals and institutions to pay heed to animal issues because it’s both the right thing to do and good for communities and society as a whole.
Animals are now, and have always been at the center of the human experience, and they should also be the center of our thinking as we conduct the work of business and government in our society.