Third Panel: Protection for Performing Animals Through Legislative Efforts



Cindy Machado, Marin Humane Society

After completing her formal education and specializing in animal sciences, Cindy began her career as an animal services officer with Marin Humane in 1984. In her current position, she is in charge of administering the animal services contract for Marin County and all of its cities as well as supervising the Animal Services division, which includes oversight of the Animal Services officers and the the Customer Service and Licensing departments. She also coordinates and supervises the Basic and Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academies held at Marin Humane in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College. Cindy is a member of Marin Humane’s Advocacy Committee and enjoys educating the public on a multitude of topics that inspire compassion for all beings.

Cindy is routinely called on for her expertise in animal issues around the country including animal cruelty/neglect, animal and human violence issues, captive wildlife, animal hoarding, legislation, and other serious animal-related investigations.


Judie Mancuso, Social Compassion in Legislation

Judie Mancuso is the Founder, CEO and President of Social Compassion in Legislation which is a 501(c)(4) organization that sponsors and supports landmark legislation that promotes the care, rights and protection of animals. She also founded the Pet Lover’s License Plate, a California specialty license plate available through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which was created to raise awareness regarding pet overpopulation and fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs throughout the state.

Ms. Mancuso was appointed as a public member to the California Veterinary Medical Board in July of 2010; where she served the maximum of eight years, two four year terms. Following a successful 20-year career in the Information Technology industry, she dedicates her skills and expertise through advocacy, legislation, humane education, and other pro-animal program development. She was recently appointed to the Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee for a two-year term.

She has been featured multiple times in the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, and has been interviewed on CNN, NBC, Fox News, BBC, NPR, NY Times, NY Post, SF Gate, Sacramento Bee, and many other periodicals, radio shows, on-line news, and all local major network stations.

She resides in Laguna Beach, CA with her adopted five cats and three dogs.


Moderator: Tara Cooley

In her 1L year she served as a SALDF 1L representative. Tara is a Dean’s Scholar and Public Interest Scholar. She will serve as the Executive Articles Editor for the 2018-19 GGU Law Review Board. Last year Tara assisted in organizing SALDF events on GGU’s campus during ALDF’s Speak Out for Farmed Animals Week and ALDF’s National Justice for Animals Week including a student trip to the Animal Place, a farm animal sanctuary in CA. Tara is known among GGU students for her homemade, vegan chocolate chip cookies.