Director for Wildlife Protection
Humane Society of the United States
Jill is a Wildlife Protection Director at the Humane Society of the United States in Gaithersburg, Maryland, focused on the passage of state laws and regulations to end wildlife killing contests. She also works to defend and uphold existing state bans on trapping, snaring, and other cruel wildlife killing methods, and to stop attempts by legislatures and state wildlife agencies to block citizens from having a say in wildlife management policy. Jill joined the HSUS in 2006 as the Minnesota and Wisconsin state director, and in 2009 became the Michigan senior state director. In Michigan, Jill helped to pass a law phasing out the most inhumane and extreme animal confinement methods on factory farms, including battery cages for egg-laying hens, crates to confine calves raised for veal, and gestation crates for pregnant sows. Jill also worked on the passage of a law making Michigan’s animal fighting penalties the strongest in the United States. In 2014, she led the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected ballot campaign, in which Michigan became the first state in the nation to successfully overturn laws authorizing the trophy hunting and recreational trapping of wolves.