Arizona State Director
Kari Nienstedt is the Arizona state director for The HSUS. She helps animals through legislation, corporate campaigns, citizen advocacy, coalition building, and other projects of local and national scope.
Nienstedt has been working on animal issues since 1993, with a special interest in farm animal protection.
Before joining The HSUS full-time, she was the campaign manager for Proposition 204, The Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act, which made Arizona the first state in the U.S. to ban both veal crates and gestation crates. She later managed the successful state-wide ballot campaign to protect citizens' rights to vote on wildlife issues.
During her tenure at The HSUS, Nienstedt has participated in animal-fighting raids, disaster response, animal shelter consultation, rural spay/neuter clinics, lobbying at the state legislature, grassroots outreach, and many other aspects of animal advocacy.
In addition to working for The HSUS, Nienstedt serves on various boards for animal protection and for voting rights. As an Arizona native and life-long animal lover, Nienstedt is excited to share her passion for animal protection with others in her state.
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