Joan Galvin

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Joan Galvin is a lobbyist and consultant for The Livingston Group, a lobbying and marketing firm located in Washington, D.C. and also serves as Executive Director of the Animal Exhibitors Alliance, a non governmental organization representing the interests of commercial animal exhibitors. Galvin has served as Vice President of Government Relations for Feld Entertainment, Inc. In her seven years with Feld Entertainment, Ms. Galvin focused on overseeing legislative and regulatory issues at the local, state, federal and international level. She participated in formulating marketing and public relations strategy for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brand as it pertained to the exhibition of animals and often served as media spokesperson. Prior to that, Ms. Galvin served as legislative advisor to two Members of Congress.

"Ms. Galvin has regularly participated as a Non Governmental Observer (NGO) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biodversity (CBD). She represented the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation at the 1998 World Wilderness Congress Symposium on Asian Elephants in Bangalore, India and successfully lobbied for enactment of the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 to direct US and private sector funds to in situ habitat conservation projects and for annual appropriations to the fund; Ms. Galvin also served as a founding Board Member of the International Elephant Foundation, a nonprofit foundation organized to provide financial support and expertise to elephant conservation efforts globally. Ms. Galvin has made presentations on elephant conservation to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the Elephant Managers Association (EMA) and was a featured speaker at the European Circus Association’s annual meetings in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2003 and 2004." [1]

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  1. Todd Willens, International Elephant Foundation, accessed June 18, 2010.