ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Pet Advocacy Network announced the appointment of Alyssa Miller-Hurley to senior director of government affairs on Nov. 10. At the Pet Advocacy Network, Miller-Hurley will help further the association’s advocacy and policy initiatives.

Miller-Hurley has more than a decade of experience in government relations and campaign management. Prior to joining the Pet Advocacy Network, she served as the national legislative political director for the Progressive Turnout Project (PTP), where she developed a state legislative program to advance advocacy and lobbying. Miller-Hurley also served as the associate director of campaigns at NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she developed a state lobbying program and directed state legislative and electoral campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have found an experienced leader to direct our lobbying efforts on behalf of pet professionals at the federal, state and local levels,” said Mike Bober, president and chief executive officer of the Pet Advocacy Network. “Alyssa’s extensive background working on high-profile legislative initiatives will benefit the Pet Advocacy Network's membership as well as pets, pet businesses and pet owners across the country.”

At the Pet Advocacy Network, Miller-Hurley will direct a legislative and regulatory portfolio spanning various states. She will establish strategic relationships between the association, stakeholders and legislative officials. Miller-Hurley will also serve as a staff representative to one of Pet Advocacy Network’s subcommittees, collaborate with state and federal agencies and supervise the association’s government affairs.

“I couldn't be more excited to take on this role as someone who has always had a soft spot for animals and has spent their career working in government relations,” Miller-Hurley said. “I am a cat owner and have owned a variety of animals throughout my life, including guinea pigs, a hamster and fish. Because my pets have brought me so much happiness, I am delighted to have the opportunity to help preserve and protect opportunities for Americans to bring well-treated animals home to be beloved pets.”  

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