Katie Jarl-Coyle is the Executive Director of Texas Pets Alive!, leading the organization's strategic political work at the state and local levels. Most recently, she led the state-wide effort to eliminate sales tax requirements on all pet adoptions in the state. Previously, she worked at the Humane Society of the United States, serving as both Regional Director and Texas State Director. She successfully worked to pass laws and increase enforcement on the issues of puppy mills, animal fighting, the shark fin trade, bestiality, animal cruelty, and exotic animal ownership and abuse. She works with local city governments to pass meaningful ordinances to help animals and helped pass an ordinance in San Antonio banning the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. She currently serves as Mayor Adler’s appointee to the Austin Animal Advisory Commission and the District 8 appointee to the San Antonio Animal Care Services Advisory Board. She has managed on-the-ground responses to large-scale cruelty investigations and disaster response operations in Texas, including HSUS’ response to Hurricane Harvey. Katie has taught a variety of courses at the national and state level on grassroots engagement, lobbying best practices, media training and crisis communications and a host of specific animal welfare policy issues.