Colorado Animal Welfare Conference Session

Advocacy 101


12:15-1:45pm • Day 2 – September 22, 2022

White Pine Ballroom

General Session

This session will explore the process and interworkings of the Colorado State Legislature. We will discuss how bills are formed and passed at the state level and ways for individuals and organizations to impact policy in meaningful ways. We will also review AWAC’s  most recent legislative engagement and the organization’s legislative priorities moving forward and how you can engage!

Robyn Levy

Emma Hudson

Emma Hudson is the owner and principal of Emma Hudson Consulting, LLC, a mission-focused communications and public affairs firm. Hudson’s background spans nonprofit and government experience as an advocate and a government relations strategist specializing in health care, business, and social justice policy. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs.

Robyn Levy

Ali Mickelson

Ali Mickelson is the advocacy director for the Dumb Friends League where she leads the league’s policy and advocacy work. She has more than a decade of legislative experience and has been involved in the passage of a number of laws that improve the lives of animals, including preventing suffering in shelters and rescues, repealing breed-specific legislation and updating Bureau of Animal Protection laws. She is also a leader of the league’s work on Socially Conscious Sheltering.

Robyn Levy

Anna Stout

Anna Stout is the chief executive officer of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society and mayor of the City of Grand Junction. She has almost 20 years of nonprofit and business experience and has served on state- and national-level boards and committees for issues ranging from language equity to animal welfare. She currently sits on the Animal Welfare Association of Colorado board of directors and is the co-chair of its Advocacy Committee. In that role, Stout has helped lead successful legislative efforts at the state capitol, including the passing of HB21-1160 (known as the Socially Conscious Sheltering Bill).

 As CEO at Roice-Hurst, Stout has focused much of her effort on building and strengthening innovative local and regional collaborative relationships with animal and non-animal welfare agencies, especially as they relate to the role of companion and shelter pets in improving human and community health. Under her leadership, Roice-Hurst was one of the first shelters in the country to hire a human social worker to address pet homelessness, and the organization launched the innovative Community Health through Shelter Pets Initiative in 2018 and Homeward Hounds in 2021, a first in the nation collaboration to provide private shelter to people experiencing homelessness with their pets.

Stout is an alumna of the 2020 cohort of the prestigious Colorado Governors Fellowship and the 2022 class of the Gates Family Foundation Harvard Public Leadership Fellowship. She has served on the Grand Junction City Council since 2019.