Elisabeth Jennings has served as Animal Protection Voters’ and Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Executive Director since 1993, but began lobbying in New Mexico in 1989 as a volunteer. Since then she has worked to encourage a broader segment of New Mexicans to get actively involved in promoting animal protection legislation and holding legislators accountable for their important votes on bills that impact animals. Elisabeth grew up around all kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, and horses, where she learned to appreciate what animals offer to our lives. Jennings has lived in New Mexico since 1987, and enjoys spending time doing just about anything outdoors with her husband.
Jessica Johnson Shelton
As Chief Government Affairs Officer, Jessica Shelton leads Animal Protection Voters’ legislative and political efforts for the protection of all New Mexico’s animals. With over a decade of experience in government relations on behalf of animal protection, her expertise includes grassroots advocacy training, legislative analysis, campaign strategy, and digital communications. Previously, Jessica worked in the ASPCA’s Government Relations department in Washington, DC, where she led efforts to organize grassroots support for state and federal legislation, ballot measures, voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. Jessica earned a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR, where she specialized in environmental and animal law, and received the Animal Law Leadership Award upon graduation. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and daughter, her beloved flock of companion chickens, and intrepid rescued canines, Zelda and Edwin.
Dave serves as APV’s Government Affairs Director. Dave’s background includes working with groups like the New Mexico Federation of Labor and the Association of Commerce & Industry. His legislative successes include preserving a $250 million film tax credit, leading a $36 million directed energy tax deduction, and playing a pivotal role in passing the Produced Water Act of 2019. With a decade-long commitment as a feline foster parent in northern New Mexico, Dave’s interests extend to cooking, meditative walks, and reading. He resides in Santa Fe with his Maine Coon companion, Egypt.
Alan Edmonds serves as the Cruelty Response and Advocacy Director. Alan is from New Jersey and moved to New Mexico in 1997 after falling in love with the Southwest. He has been involved in grassroots ordinance development and revision processes in the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, Valencia County, and Sierra County. Alan and his wife Tisha live with their beloved feline companions Nona, Chauncey, and Pippi, all rescued from the streets of Albuquerque.
Yolanda Eisenstein is an attorney with experience in animal and nonprofit law. She is president of the Animal Law Commission of Paris-based Union Internationale des Avocats, where she represents the international legal organization at the United Nations. She serves on the board of the New Mexico State Bar Animal Law Section and is vice chair of the ABA International Law Section Animal Law Committee. In 2018, Eisenstein received the ABA Animal Law Committee’s “Excellence in Animal Law Award” in recognition of her work to advance the humane treatment of animals through the law. She is the author of Careers in Animal Law and The American Bar Association Guide to Dog Laws; co-editor of Representing Animal Protection Organizations (November 2024) and Wildlife Law and Ethics; and, contributor to Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding and the Elgar Encyclopedia of Animal Law.
Robert spent his early years on a small cattle ranch in Montana and a farm in Minnesota. He worked in the banking industry for five years and after completing a college degree in Anthropology-Archaeology worked on various archaeology projects in California and Montana. In 1980, he moved to New Mexico and began a career in wood-working. Currently he is owner of Tesuque Design and a dedicated animal advocate.
Dave Holland has been a long-time animal advocate and former board member of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Seeking to make a broader difference by working to solve the root cause of animal abuse in New Mexico, Dave and his wife, Liddy, became members of Animal Protection of NM. Dave joined the board of Animal Protection Voters to support its efforts to pass humane laws that promote an environment in NM that protects and supports animals, women and children.
Dave is the managing member of a financial services company, Davos Capital. He has served as Chair of the Board of Santa Fe Economic Development and on an advisory board at Wells Fargo Bank. Dave is an avid traveler, cyclist and mountaineer.
JC has been an outspoken advocate for animals for over 25 years. He co-founded and served as president of VegMichigan, the state’s largest vegetarian organization; co-founded Plant Peace Daily, with his wife Rae Sikora; founded Santa Fe Veg and co-founded VegFund, an international organization which helps vegan and animal rights activists spread the word through food and other means. JC was also inducted into the Green Michigan Hall of Fame.
Rebecca Álvarez is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at New Mexico Highlands University. Her work focuses on violence against women and explores the connection between animal abuse and domestic abuse. She is the author of Vigilante Gender Violence: Social Class, the Gender Bargain, and Mob Attacks on Women Worldwide (Routledge, 2021). She envisions the sociocultural evolution of humanity toward nonviolence as converging toward nonviolence against animals as well.
A life-long vegetarian and dog lover, Dr. Álvarez is especially motivated by issues concerning factory farming, the enforcement of animal abuse and hunting laws, and the regulation of the pet trade and grooming industry. She also serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico as chair of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. An avid hiker and nature lover, Dr. Álvarez enjoys exploring Pecos area mountain trails with her daughter in her free time.
Sunderjeet Kaur, a life-long vegetarian and animal lover, envisions a future where all animals are permitted to live free from abuse and suffering at the hands of humans. Sunderjeet is passionate about public service, community involvement and animal welfare, and spends her days serving the constituents of New Mexico as a State Attorney. In her free time, she also serves on the board of the State Bar of New Mexico Animal Law Section and enjoys spending time with her dogs, Bear and Prudence, under the scrutinizing supervision of her tuxedo cat Arely.
Dr. Katherine Gallagher Robbins
Dr. Katherine Gallagher Robbins is a Senior Fellow at the National Partnership for Women & Families where she researches policies related to health and economic justice. She has more than fifteen years of experience in policy and advocacy on a diverse range of issues including climate justice and racial and gender equity. Her research and commentary have been featured in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, CBS, The Economist, and numerous other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is passionate about wildlife conservation. Married to a fourth-generation New Mexican, she lives in Santa Fe with her husband and dog where she is an avid hiker and birder.