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Caroline Bonfield

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2022

B.A., English, Georgetown University, 2019.

Current Position:
Federal Policy Fellow, Federal Affairs, Humane Society Legislative Fund

What were you doing before entering the M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
For the past two years, I have been working as the Federal Policy Fellow for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying arm of the Humane Society of the United States.

What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program? Interests in and experience with animals?
I decided to join the MAPP program because if its specific focus on animal policy, and its unparalleled reputation in the animal policy world. My interest is primarily in wildlife policy, including wildlife killing contests, trophy hunting, and the fur trade. My hands-on experience with animals includes interning at a wildlife rehabilitation center in high school, where I worked in the avian nursery, and volunteering in shelters and the D.C. cat café, where I spent most of my time on socialization and general care. During college, I volunteered as a Wildlife Policy Intern for the Humane Society of the United States, participated in other environmental internships, and held leadership positions in multiple campus clubs advocating for animal rights and ocean conservation.

What do you want to focus on at MAPP?
I am excited to grow my knowledge of animal policy and focus more on policy research, so that I can craft and execute a policy approach from the ground up, and lead a portfolio of animal protection legislation with the knowledge and understanding of the research behind it. My fellowship at HSLF made me to want to deepen my knowledge of the process so I am able to lead a bill from start to finish as an expert in the topic for which I am lobbying.

What are your career goals?
After completing the MAPP program, I hope to return to animal policy to work toward the advancement of humane wildlife policy in the United States and abroad. I am committed to making a difference for animals and end ongoing, outdated, cruel practices, and to make the world a more humane place.

What are your outside interests?
In my free time, I enjoy hiking with friends, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, traveling (before Covid), or just having a lazy day watching Netflix with my cat, Scrappy.

Number of pets? What type?
I have one 13ish year-old cat named Scrappy that I foster-failed during the pandemic.

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