Constance "Connie" Harriman-Whitfield is HSUS's senior advisor for presidential initiatives, working in the areas of fundraising, outreach, policy, and legislation since 2007.
In 1989, she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for the Department of Interior, where she lobbied to ban the global elephant-ivory trade. In that capacity, she oversaw both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. She holds a law degree from UCLA.