The Animal Agriculture Committee is charged with the following:

  • Survey, review, and advise on resource gaps in science, law, public policy, and other empirical or social research and data;
  • In coordination with the Standards/Science Committee, develop, refine, and maintain “Gold Standards” of research and writing;
  • Design and recommend projects, commissions, and grants;
  • Assist the Institute staff in monitoring ongoing commissions and grants and provide a peer review component; and
  • As available, moderate and contribute to all relevant Institute discussion forums.
Stephen Wells - Chairperson

Stephen Wells is the executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Chairman of the Animal Agriculture Committee of the Brooks Institute. He has committed himself to animal and environmental protection and over the years, in addition to his full-time work, he has continued to volunteer his time for local organizations and projects.

Amy Trakinski is Managing Trustee of VegInvest, a mission-driven investment firm which provides early-stage capital to companies focusing on providing alternatives to the use of animals. Amy has also practiced animal law for 18 years and was a partner in Egert and Trakinski, where she litigated on behalf of national animal protection organizations, grassroots advocacy groups, and individual clients.

Galina Hale is an expert with Food System Innovations, a volunteer organization working to make the world's food system more environmentally sustainable, compassionate, and health-promoting.  

Her day job is a Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where she worked since 2006.

Kathy Hessler is a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is the first faculty member hired to teach animal law full time in a law school. She received her J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.  She is the Director of the Animal Law Clinic and the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative, as well as the faculty advisor for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Law Review at Lewis & Clark.