Executive Director
Animal Legal Defense Fund

Stephen Wells is the Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. 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.

Steve joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1999 and until 2006, Steve founded and served as the director of the successful Animal Law Program, which provides support and resources to law professionals and law student members and pro bono opportunities for attorneys and firms to assist the organization with its mission.

Steve has created a highly efficient, passionate, and talented team at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and an environment where egos are out the door and everyone works together with one common goal: to end the exploitation and suffering of animals. He lives in the western woodlands of Sonoma County, California with his two cats.