David J. Hayes is the Chair of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama from 1999-2001 and 2009-2013, respectively. Hayes focused on energy, climate change, conservation and Indian issues during his two tours of duty at Interior, including helping to develop the U.S. response to the international wildlife trafficking crisis. This work led to his position as Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.
Prior to serving as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Hayes was a leader in President Obama’s Transition Team where he headed up the energy and environmental agency review process, selecting and overseeing transition teams embedded in the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.
From 1997 to 1999 Hayes served as Counselor to Secretary Bruce Babbitt; and worked in the private sector where he was a partner and Global Chair of the Environment, Land and Resources Department at Latham and Watkins, an international law firm. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute, Chairman of the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School and Vice-Chair of the Board of American Rivers.
Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.
Sara Walker is the Executive Director of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, Sara was the Director of Wildlife at The Humane Society of the United States, leading two national campaigns that focused on fur-free fashion and lead-free initiatives. Under her leadership, the fur-free campaign educated the luxury fashion industry about cruelty-free alternatives and exposed rampant false labeling of “faux” products; and the lead-free campaign raised awareness about lead-based ammunition and sought state and federal policies to adopt stricter environmental standards for hunting and fishing equipment.
From 2010-2014, Sara was responsible for a variety of domestic and international energy and climate initiatives at the United Nations Foundation, serving most recently as the Associate Director of Global Outreach on a global climate science communications project. In these roles, Sara led outreach activities across a broad range of global and domestic stakeholders; and developed comprehensive policy and campaign strategies that sought to change public opinion and influence policymakers.
Sara also has extensive experience working on environmental and natural resource policy at the state legislative level, in addition to state political campaign experience. An Oregon native, Sara earned her MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego and her BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon. She also holds an AA in Flight Technology and is a certified commercial pilot.