Julie E. Lewin founded NIFAA: The National Institute for Animal Advocacy to empower animal rights and rescue advocates in the lawmaking arena. NIFAA’s three-fold mission is to create a strong political culture within animal advocacy, so we understand that political organizations at different levels of government are a mandatory, not optional, part of our advocacy; to train animal rescue and rights activists how to launch voting blocs for animals in their states, counties, cities and towns; and to develop political leadership to sustain these voting blocs. Julie gives workshops on why and how to launch voting blocs for animals around the US. She has received funding to write a political training manual for animal advocates and is in the second draft. Julie was a lobbyist with the Fund for Animals, a newspaper reporter, a nationally published magazine writer, and a criminal justice reformer.