BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jane Hoffman has been president and chair of the board of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals since its inception in 2002. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals acts as a liaison between the government of the City of New York and the New York City animal care community. It is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working to reduce the euthanasia of cats and dogs in New York City shelters.
Jane is a founding and current member of the Animal Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, one of the first animal law committees in the country. She received the Annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) the first year it was awarded in 2007.
Prior to creating the Alliance, Jane served as an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and vice president and senior consultant at Handy Associates. She is also on the board of Farm Sanctuary.
Jane holds a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School, an M.L.S. degree from Long Island University, and a B.A. degree from Boston College.
Wendy Kelman Neu is a life-long social justice activist and animal advocate. She started her career as a social worker for Trenton State Prison and Yardville Correctional Facility, where she developed and implemented inmate worker programs.
She is currently the CEO of recycling company, Hugo Neu. At Hugo Neu she actively advocates for business and environmental integrity and leadership – through her work professionally and personally within the industry and with environmental and social justice grassroots organizations. Neu also helped pioneer efforts to create an economically viable New York City recycling program. Neu has been honored by NY/NJ Baykeeper (on whose Board she presently serves), the New York League of Conservation Voters and Earthday 2006.
In 1989, focusing on the areas of social welfare and animal rights and rescue, Neu organized and expanded a non-profit organization, Companion Animal Placement, dedicated to the support of senior citizens and animal rescue. Neu is a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a co-chair of the E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) initiative on the East Coast, which advocates for environmental legislation on behalf of NRDC.
Steve is the co-founder and President of NYCLASS. Tired of seeing NYC Carriage Horses suffering on NYC streets, Steve founded NYCLASS in 2008 with the mission of replacing the horses with the Horseless e-Carriage, a beautiful and electric replica of a brass era car, in order to protect jobs, the environment, and horses. He's the proud rescue dad of Chance, a former NYC carriage horse who was saved from slaughter.
Steve was also instrumental in helping to pass the New York State Puppy Mill Bill, which allows for local municipalities to regulate puppy mills and pet stores by passing better and stronger laws relating to the sources of the animals that are bought and sold.
Steve is a Tarheel, grandfather of 3, and a philanthropist for many charities serving at-risk youth, animals and human rights.
Executive Director - Allie Feldman
As an organizer for animal protection, she teaches fellow animal lovers how to be their own citizen lobbyists and win electoral victories for the city’s four-legged community. Prior to joining NYCLASS, Allie worked at the NY State Senate, the NJ Dept of the Public Advocate, and on campaigns in NY, NJ, FL and OH.
Lead Organizer - Chelsie Schadt
Chelsie coordinates NYCLASS' volunteer operation, focusing on mobilizing voters for humane candidates. Chelsie received her BA at Ursinus College in 2012 with majors in International Relations and Spanish. She began interning for NYCLASS in the Fall of 2012 before being brought on as an Organizer in the Spring of 2013. Prior to joining NYCLASS, Chelsie interned as Deputy Field Organizer for the Sean Patrick Maloney Campaign for Congress and as a Case Manager at Social Clubhouse. Chelsie is a Flyers hockey fan, zombie enthusiast, and mom to Dex, a shiba/husky mix rescued from Traveling Paws.
Campaign Organizer - Julie Cappiello
An organizer for a more humane world, Julie focuses on fighting oppression of all sentient beings and urging her fellow animal lovers to get active in the animal advocacy community. Julie received her BA from Sage College of Albany in Fine Arts and Photography in the Spring of 2013 and assists graphic creations for the NYCLASS social media accounts. Before joining NYCLASS, Julie co-founded Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an animal advocacy non-profit on Long Island, and served as Vice President and Director of Communications until her departure in late 2015.
Julie was voted "most likely to become an animal rights activist" in her 8th grade yearbook, is an avid lover of fiction novels, and is mom to Bella, a lab/hound rescue dog, and Stripes, a tabby cat rescued as a stray.