Government Affairs Committee

Government Affairs Committee Mission

  • Protects AZA's position on regulatory and legislative matters on behalf of its members
  • Serves as an advocate for AZA members by assisting and influencing U.S. agencies as well as Capitol Hill in the development of effective governmental policies relating to the zoo and aquarium's industries

Rich Block, Santa Barbara Zoo

Kerston Swartz, Woodland Park Zoo

Laura Klopfer, Smithsonian National Zoo (VMC Liaison)

Board Liaison
Peggy Sloan, John G. Shedd Aquarium

AZA Staff Liaisons
Jennifer Keaton
Steve Olson

Jennifer Baader, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Hannah Bailey, Houston Zoo
John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society
Gregg Dancho, Conncecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Christie Eddie, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Nilda Ferrer, Bronx Zoo
Rose Fini, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Baird Fleming, Albuquerque Biological Park
Phil Frost, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Marybeth Johnson, Lincoln Park Zoo
Danni Logue, Jenkinson's Aquarium
Dan Maloney, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 
Lynn McDuffie, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Alison Prange, Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo
Tara L. Riemer, Ph.D., Alaska SeaLife Center
Rachel Watkins Rogers, Zoo Miami
Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo
Diane Thompson, Binder Park Zoo
Judy Urwin, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Bob Vasquez, Toledo Zoo
Denise Verret, Los Angeles Zoo

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