Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation
History of the Working Group
The NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation launched in early 2016 aspiring to mobilize NEXUS membership to tackle Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation issues globally. Through the commitment and passion of an international community of NEXUS members, the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation empowers members to be leaders by helping them connect and learn from one another and with leaders and experts in the field. The Working Group is Co-chaired by NEXUS members Liza Heavener and Aimee Gilbreath.
The NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation will work to restore a caring and respectful relationship with nature by addressing the culture of separation that currently exists. We will uncover and address the different levels at which the environment and animals are mistreated or used in unsustainable ways for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. We want to inspire, educate, empower, and collaborate through a broad spectrum of topics and innovative solutions in the animal welfare & biodiversity conservation space. This online community will serve as a forum and space for Nexus members to share information, network, brainstorm ideas, attend events and collaborate.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Aimee GilbreathNEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Animal Welfare
Aimee Gilbreath is the Executive Director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a Los Angeles based nonprofit focused on Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. Aimee joined Found Animals as its first full-time employee in March 2008 and has been responsible for launching the Foundation’s wide range of innovative programs. Under her leadership the Foundation has grown to over 70 employees and 1,000 active volunteers who
Prior to joining the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Aimee was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group where she led teams to solve complex business problems for Fortune 500 clients. She holds a B.S. from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Stanford University. Aimee lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and their beloved pit bull Rufus.
Frohman AndersonNEXUS Working Group Co-Chair for Animal Welfare
Liza HeavenerWorking Group Co-Chair for Animal Welfare, COO NEXUS
Liza Heavener is the Chief Operating Officer at NEXUS. She has wide-ranging experience working nearly ten years in federal politics, grassroots and campaign strategy and with the United States Congress. Liza was a healthcare lobbyist a national advocacy program engaging hundreds of thousands of advocates across the country. She was also a founding member of an organization show more Liza chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation she also serves as an Advisor to the Millennial Action Project and White Coat Waste Project as well as President of the Alumni Council for Eastern Mennonite University. Liza had a feature role in the internationally-acclaimed documentary and tv series, “Eco-Warriors,” and has spoken at conferences across the country including a keynote presentation at Microsoft’s ISTE conference. show less
Liza chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation she also serves as an Advisor to the Millennial Action Project and White Coat Waste Project as well as President of the Alumni Council for Eastern Mennonite University.
Liza had a feature role in the internationally-acclaimed documentary and tv series, “Eco-Warriors,” and has spoken at conferences across the country including a keynote presentation at Microsoft’s ISTE conference.
Overview of Key Issues
Human and animal populations have evolved together for millions of years developing bonds of interdependency and mutual benefit. As our 21st century civilization urbanizes, humans become less connected to animals and the natural world. Stray animal populations are on the rise, leading to inhumane practices and abuse. The destruction of biodiversity reduces the health of ecosystems and harms pharmacological, agricultural, and eco-tourism related development. The world is experiencing rapid global decline in biodiversity and animal welfare.
Organizations We Support:
- Found Animals: http://www.foundanimals.org
- Good Food Institute: http://www.gfi.org
- Mercy For Animals: https://www.mercyforanimals.org
- FAIRR: http://www.fairr.org
- The Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org
- The Humane League: https://thehumaneleague.org
- International Fund for Animal Welfare: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states
- iAnimal: http://ianimal360.com
- ProVeg: https://proveg.com
- Animal Charity Evaluator: https://animalcharityevaluators.org
sSpeakers series by call experts and organization leaders in the Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation space
Experiential learning journeys to conservation site visits across the world
Delegations to animal welfare & biodiversity conservation conferences and speaking opportunities for NEXUS members
Salon dinners with international speakers in intimate settings organized globally (usually for 30 members)
If you are interested in animal welfare causes and protecting our world’s biodiversity and pristine lands and oceans, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you are looking to get more involved or willing to support our mission through a grant or sponsorship, please reach out!