Julie Janovsky joined Pew in May 2011 to manage the Campaign to Reform Industrial Animal Agriculture, which is working to transform a broken, unhealthy, and unsustainable system of food production into a new model that is less damaging to the environment, rural communities, human health, and animal welfare.
Janovsky has more than a decade of experience in government affairs and campaigning, having worked to enact more than 100 bills across the country on animal welfare and human trafficking. She served as a special assistant to former U.S. representative Curt Weldon (Pa.) and later as a government affairs associate for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She also worked as a researcher for the farm animal and sustainable agriculture section of the Humane Society of the United States and directed the organization’s state legislative efforts across the country for six years. She served as director of campaigns for Farm Sanctuary, leading the organization’s efforts in the successful California ballot initiative to eliminate battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates. Most recently, she was a senior policy specialist and communications adviser for the Polaris Project, advancing policy and campaigns to end sex and labor trafficking in the United States. As a trained emergency responder for animals in disasters, Janovsky was an operations coordinator during Hurricane Katrina and spearheaded the multi-agency rescue of livestock during the 2008 Midwest floods.
Janovsky holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from West Chester University and a master’s degree in liberal arts with a 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