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Western Regional Director

Jennifer Hillman

  • Hillman spends time with her beloved cats, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, above, in their custom-built outdoor cat enclosure in Seattle. Daniel Smith

Jennifer Hillman assumed the role of The HSUS's Western Regional Director in 2012, after seven successful years as The HSUS's Director of Ballot Campaigns.

As our Western Regional Director, she oversees 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Hillman's accomplishments while lobbying for The HSUS in Washington state include passage of several animal protection bills, among them a ban on exotic pet ownership, an increase in penalties for animal fighting, and a bill to crack down on puppy mills. 

Her leadership precipitated a string of significant animal-protection ballot intitiative campaigns in the United States, beginning in 2006, where she organized the passage of citizen initiatives in two states. One, in Arizona, banned gestation and veal crates, and another, in Michigan, banned mourning dove hunting.

In 2008, Hillman's leadership in California's campaign to reform factory farming practices culminated in the passage of a citizen initiative banning three of the most egregious forms of intensive confinement practices on factory farms in the state: gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages. 

In 2010, Hillman organized the successful passage of the nation's first statewide puppy mill initiative in Missouri. She also worked in Ohio to garner more protections for farm animals. 

In 2011 she was campaign manager for I-1130 in Washington state, which led to the introduction of the historic Federal Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments in 2012.

Before joining The HSUS in 2005, Hillman worked for Greenpeace USA as its Washington state grassroots director and later as national grassroots director. 

She also served as advocacy director for the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, served on the board of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in Washington, and was president of the Northwest Animal Rights Network.

Now living in Seattle with her five cats, Hillman continues to advance animal welfare in the 13 states under her purview as Western Regional Director.

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