Our Team

Mark Cushing, CEO & Founder

Mark is the Founding Partner of the Animal Policy Group. A long-time political strategist, lobbyist, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He is the past Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Practice and was a long-time partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, a prominent Northwest law firm. Mark also currently serves as University Counsel at Lincoln Memorial University and is a professor of Government Relations at their Knoxville-based Duncan Law School. The Animal Policy Group has offices in Portland, Oregon, Knoxville, TN, Scottsdale, AZ and Washington, DC.

Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors.

Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. He is an adjunct faculty member in Animal Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is an honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.





Alison McIntyre, Vice President & COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Alison McIntyre manages the day-to-day operations of the Animal Policy Group, LLC. Ali (as she is known to most), works with clients on initiatives, develops and implements social media strategies and grassroots advocacy programs, provides business development and marketing support, conducts research to achieve client deliverables.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ali graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a degree in Communications/Public Relations. She also holds a Certificate in Litigation/Paralegal studies from The Philadelphia Institute. Her legal career soared when she moved to the west coast and found her niche in intellectual property litigation, first at Latham & Watkins in their Menlo Park, California office and then at Affymetrix, Inc., as their in-house senior litigation paralegal. In 2007, she joined Tonkon Torp as the Government Relations practice group coordinator, where she began working with Mark.

After a 5-year hiatus to raise her twin boys, Ali was thrilled to team up with Mark again at the Animal Policy Group. She and her husband, Tim, have 4 boys between them and an old pug named Pearl.





Zen St. Clair, Executive Administrative Assistant 

Zen plays a key role in supporting the day-to-day operations of the Animal Policy Group. She provides high-level support for founding partner, Mark Cushing.

Zen earned her degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon. She started her career in marketing and event planning working in the Bay Area for technology and investment firms, including Stifel Financial and Blackboard (Formerly Elluminate). 

After 10-years in San Francisco, Zen is delighted to be back in Portland with her British husband and working at the Animal Policy Group. In her free time, she likes to run the streets of Portland, practice a little yoga and travel abroad when she can. Zen and Bobby are enjoying life with their new little fella, baby Harrison!







Scott Young, Legislative Tracker & Researcher

Scott is responsible for the Animal Policy Group’s legislative tracking and reporting functions in all 50 states. He is instrumental to the team by providing highly skilled research and analysis of current events, legislative history, policy and data sets that affect our diverse industry. Scott has worked with legislatures for more than 15 years, including as a senior policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He led a task force investigation of No Child Left Behind and co-authored the final report, which made national headlines. Scott also spent several years lobbying Congress on education issues. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a political science degree.

In his free time, Scott is an avid dog trainer and volunteers at local animal shelters near his hometown of Gunnison, CO.