Chris Green: Executive Director

Chris Green

San Franciso, CA – Animal protection leader Chris Green has been selected as Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the only national animal protection organization dedicated exclusively to fighting animal cruelty using the power of the law.

For the past eight years, Green has been the inaugural Executive Director of the Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School. Green now will rejoin the Animal Legal Defense Fund where he established its Legislative Affairs Program and served as its Director from 2013–2015.

During his animal law career, Chris has helped defeat Ag-Gag legislation in several states, helped pass and defend farmed animal protection ballot measures, directed efforts that led to SeaWorld San Diego halting the breeding and import of new orcas, served on a National Academies committee that caused the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to stop using dogs in biomedical research, and mobilized hundreds of thousands of advocates in persuading the top three U.S. airlines to cease transporting “the big five” animal hunting trophies, which includes lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 300,000 members and supporters. ALDF focuses on advocacy, collaboration, criminal justice, legal education, legislation, litigation, and regulation to protect animals. ALDF’s focus areas include animals used in research, captive animals, companion animals, farmed animals, and wildlife. For more information, visit