Julie Janovsky is an officer for Pew’s global penguin conservation project, working to establish no-take marine reserves in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean and to address threats to penguin species and their ecosystems. Janovsky joined Pew in May 2011 to manage the campaign to reform industrial animal agriculture and worked to address water pollution and the overuse of antibiotics in industrial agriculture.
Janovsky has nearly two decades of experience in campaigning and government affairs, having worked on U.S. federal policy and ballot initiatives. She led efforts to enact more than 100 bills on habitat conservation, animal welfare, and human trafficking. Before joining Pew, Janovsky served as special assistant to Representative Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania, working on issues including Russian affairs and environmental and animal protection. Her international experience includes work in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, where she promoted cooperation between U.S. and Russian businesses in the environmental sector; field research in Equatorial Guinea on endangered primates and habitat protection; and policy work on international wildlife trade and endangered species conservation.
More recently, Janovsky directed state legislative affairs for the Humane Society of the United States, implementing national strategies and legislative campaigns in coordination with regional offices and local, state, and national nongovernmental organizations on animal protection issues. She also served as senior policy specialist and communications adviser for the Polaris Project, working to advance policy, corporate campaigns, and law enforcement and grass-roots outreach to end human trafficking.In addition, she is a trained emergency responder and served as operations coordinator during Hurricane Katrina and spearheaded a multi-agency rescue of livestock during the 2008 Midwest floods.
Janovsky holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and Russian from West Chester University and a master’s degree in liberal arts and certificate in environmental science and bio-conservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
(New York Times) Another significant victory in the fight to ban sow gestation crates: Compass Group USA—whose U.K. parent company is the largest food service company in the world—announced that it plans to eliminate the crates from its U.S. pork supply chain by 2017. More
(Philadelphia Inquirer) When most of us think of farms and farming, we conjure a fairly idyllic scene: fresh air; lush pastures; quaint, rustic buildings; and happy, carefree animals. But it is far from the reality, and it is not good for the public's health. More