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

Chair
Rich Block, Santa Barbara Zoo

Vice-Chair
Kerston Swartz, Woodland Park Zoo

Adviser
Laura Klopfer, Smithsonian National Zoo (VMC Liaison)
Lynn McDuffie, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Board Liaison
Denise Verret, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden

AZA Staff Liaisons
Jennifer Keaton
Steve Olson

Members
Jennifer Baader, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
Hannah Bailey, Houston Zoo
Billy Brennan, Saint Louis Zoo
John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society
Gregg Dancho, Conncecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Andrea Densham, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Christie Eddie, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Nilda Ferrer, Bronx Zoo
Baird Fleming, Albuquerque Biological Park
Phil Frost, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Shervin Hess, Oregon Zoo
Marybeth Johnson, Lincoln Park Zoo
Danni Logue, Jenkinson's Aquarium
Dan Maloney, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 
Kenneth Mitchell, Staten Island Zoo
David Oehler, Nashville Zoo, Inc.
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 & Aquarium
Rebecca Young, Zoo Atlanta


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