Jennifer Place is a Director at TG&A. In this position, she services and lobbies on behalf of a number of clients. She has over a decade of experience in public policy with a focus on sustainable fisheries management, ocean health, wildlife conservation, and animal welfare. She works closely with congressional offices, federal agencies, corporations, small businesses, U.S. and international fisheries, and non-government organizations.
Ms. Place comes to TG&A from Pike Associates, a boutique government relations firm that merged with TG&A in 2022. Ms. Place first joined Pike Associates in 2011 and rejoined the firm in 2017. In both stints with the firm, she has worked toward the conservation of endangered species, including writing and leading a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the African lion under the Endangered Species Act. She has also focused on the protection of marine wildlife, the support and enhancement of small-boat sustainable commercial fisheries, and the defense of bedrock conservation laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Of note, Ms. Place has worked within the appropriations process to secure substantial funding for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. As organizer and coordinator for the Fishing Communities Coalition, she also played an integral part in the passage and recent enactment of the Young Fishermen’s Development Act, which established a new grant program for educating and training future generations of commercial fishermen. Lastly, in her first stint with Pike Associates, Ms. Place played a critical role managing and coordinating efforts for a legislative and advocacy campaign on ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty.
Prior to rejoining Pike Associates, Ms. Place worked as a Program Associate at Born Free USA from 2015 to 2017. During her two years there, she campaigned against animal trapping and the domestic and international fur industries, defended endangered species and advocated for captive big cats and primates before Congress, and conducted educational and advocacy campaigns for captive exotic birds.
In 2011, Ms. Place earned a M.A. in Public Policy and a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. In 2007 she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Zoology form the University of Oklahoma.