Our Team

Mark Cushing, Founding Partner

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, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Alison McIntyre manages the day-to-day operations of the Animal Policy Group. Ali (as she is known to most), develops and implements social media strategy, business development and marketing initiatives, conducts research to achieve client deliverables, and provides high-level support for founding partner, Mark Cushing.

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 is thrilled to team up with Mark again at the Animal Policy Group. She and her husband, Tim, have 4 boys between them and two funny pugs. Ali sits on the Board of Springwater Environmental Sciences School, and is an active volunteer with the Pacific Pug Rescue, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the March of Dimes.