Laura Hagen has roots in animal advocacy and lobbying; she previously worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and the PETA Foundation. As an HSUS state director, Hagen now leads state and local policy issues relating to captive wildlife, wildlife trade, lab animals and animals raised in intensive farming systems and animal mills. She has been advocating on behalf of animals in the Massachusetts legislature for more than 12 years. Hagen earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a focus on animal and environmental law. She lives in Salem with her partner, her dog, George, and head cat, Archie.

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