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

Elizabeth Fowler, Cleveland Zoo Society

Rich Block, Santa Barbara Zoo

Jennifer Baader, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Laura Klopfer, Smithsonian National Zoo (VMC Liaison)
Shareen Knowlton, Roger Williams Park Zoo (CEC Liaison)

Board Liaison
Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo

AZA Staff Liaisons
Jennifer Keaton
Steve Olson

Lee Behensky, Florida Aquarium
John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society
Donna Damson, San Diego Zoo
Gregg Dancho, Conncecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Christie Eddie, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Nilda Ferrer, Bronx Zoo
Rose Fini, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Phil Frost, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Robert Jenkins, Rolling Hills Zoo
Marybeth Johnson, Lincoln Park Zoo
Dan Maloney, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 
Lynn McDuffie, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Alison Prange, Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo
Tara L. Reimer, Ph.D., Alaska SeaLife Center
Rachel Watkins Rogers, Zoo Miami
Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo
Tom Stalf, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Kerston Swartz, Woodland Park 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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