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Laura Donahue

Director - Legislation and Advocacy

Best Friends Animal Society

Laura Donahue serves as director of legislation and advocacy for Best Friends Animal Society. In this capacity, she leads Best Friends' legislative efforts, advocacy and outreach campaigns, and grassroots engagement. Sheoversees a diverse team of attorneys, policy experts, research analysts and advocacy professionals working to achieve Best Friends' goal to make the country no-kill by 2025.With two decades of experience working in campaigns, legislative advocacy and nonprofit management, she formerly worked for Austin Pets Alive and American Pets Alive as the director of mission advancement. Prior to joining the no-kill movement, she was executive director of the Texas Humane Legislation Network for four years. Before returning to her home state of Texas, she worked on the East Coast, serving as an in-house policy consultant for the Pew Charitable Trusts and as the Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States.Laura has founded two independent political action committees for animals in Texas and Virginia. She got her start in policy reform working for former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and former Baltimore delegate Salima Marriott while pursuing her master's degree in social work (specializing in social action and community development).In her spare time, Laura enjoys time with her pets (two dogs, Demi and Chica, and her horse, Bow). She and her husband, Daniel, live in Austin, Texas, and are proud parents to their daughter, Evelyn.