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Elise Traub

Senior Director, External Affairs and Office of the CEO

Best Friends Animal Society

Elise Traub serves as senior director of external affairs and office of the CEO for Best Friends Animal Society. In this capacity, she leads Best Friends' external affairs division, which includes legislative efforts, grassroots engagement, external partnerships, volunteers and government affairs. She supports Best Friends' leadership in organizational strategy and operations. She oversees a diverse team of attorneys, policy experts and professionals working to achieve Best Friends' goal to make the country no-kill by 2025. Prior to joining Best Friends in 2019, Elise served as an advisor to the State and Community Engagement Division of AARP, which conducts advocacy and community outreach work on behalf of Americans aged 50-plus and their families.Previously, she led international legislative campaigns for the Global Shark Conservation campaign of the Pew Charitable Trusts and served as the director of wildlife protection policy for the Humane Society of the United States. Throughout her career, she has played a key role in the passage and successful defense of many local, state, federal and international laws to benefit animals.She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, her cat, Pineapple, and a rotating crew of foster pets.