Masha Kalinina is an International Trade Policy Specialist with. She develops and advocates for United States government trade policy positions that favor animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Masha regularly meets with representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, as well as members of Congress and their staff to provide input on issues related to wildlife trafficking as well as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the context of free trade agreements. She also reviews and provides comments on national draft wildlife regulations. In 2015, Masha co-authored a US Endangered Species Act (ESA) petition to list the African elephant as endangered. Finally she also attends meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Polar Bear Forum, among others.
Prior to Humane Society International, Masha worked for Booz Allen Hamilton providing consulting services for clients including the US Department of Defense, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Intelligence Community. Masha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from The George Washington University and her law degree from the William and Mary School of Law. She a barred attorney in the state of Maryland.