Who We Are

Mark Cushing

Mark Cushing

Founder & CEO

Mark is the Founder & CEO of the Animal Policy Group. 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.


Eleanor Green

Senior Advisor & Consultant

Dr. Eleanor M. Green held the Carl B. King deanship of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).


Kerry O'Hara

O'Hara Research and Analytics

Kerry O’Hara has proven expertise exploring the key sectors in the companion animal landscape: pet owners, veterinarians, vet hospitals, benefits decision-makers – using their voices and behaviors as guideposts.  She has nearly 30 years of applied thought leadership, consumer insights and analytics experience creating content and strategies leading Fortune 100 businesses like Nationwide, HP, Disney, and Microsoft.


Zen St. Clair

Vice President and General Manager

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


Scott Young

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.


Loren Breen

Policy and Research Director

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.


Audrey Gillespie

Personal Assistant

Audrey Gillespie is an important member of our team providing high-level support for founding partner, Mark Cushing.


Samantha Morse Chessie

Policy Manager

Samantha Morse Chessie works with the VP of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs to track and analyze state and municipal regulatory affairs.


Kendall MacGregor

Research Specialist

Kendall provides high-level research for founding partner, Mark Cushing.