Who We Are

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Founder & CEO

Mark is the Founder & CEO of the Animal Policy Group, LLC based in Scottsdale, AZ. A long-time political strategist, government regulatory advisor, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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Senior Advisor & Consultant

Dr. Eleanor M. Green is the Founding Dean of the Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine. She is Professor Emerita & Dean Emerita of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

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Vice President and General Manager

Zen St. Clair manages the day-to-day operations of the Animal Policy Group, LLC,  provides business development support, manages client relations and spearheads marketing initiatives. She also worked closely with Founder & CEO, Mark Cushing on the launch of his book Pet Nation.


Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

Scott Young is responsible for the Animal Policy Group’s legislative tracking, monitoring and reporting functions in all 50 states. He also works directly with state government officials on issues of interest. He is instrumental in providing highly skilled research and analysis of current events, legislative history, policy and data sets that affect our diverse industry.

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Vice President of Government Relations

Katie Jarl is the Vice President of Government Relations. She has dedicated nearly two decades to the advancement of key animal welfare and healthcare policies and initiatives through advocacy campaigns at the local, state and national levels.


Director of Policy, Research & Government Relations

Loren Breen works with the VP of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs to track and analyze national legislation and regulatory affairs. She conducts in-depth research on a variety of topics to support Animal Policy Group clients, and works with APG O’Hara in data research.

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Chief of Staff

Working directly with clients and the entire APG team to oversee plans to ensure goals are successfully met.

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Government Relations Manager

Maggie Sullivan collaborates closely with the VP of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, monitoring and analyzing state and municipal regulatory and legislative affairs for advocacy purposes


Executive Assistant

Audrey Gillespie is an important member of our team providing high-level support for Founder and CEO, Mark Cushing.


Research Specialist

Hailey provides high-level research for Founder & CEO, Mark Cushing.


Government Relations Specialist

Carolina provides specialized research and materials for the Government Relations team.


Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Isaacs is a key support member of the Government Relations team.