CLAW stands for Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife. CLAW is a public benefit non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization made up of citizens working for the original native Angelinos - LA wildlife. CLAW advocates for all wildlife and works to protect wildlife habitats in Los Angeles, California and beyond.
Board of Directors
Tony Tucci, Chair
CLAW's founding co-director Tony Tucci is passionate about land use issues and maintaining open spaces throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. He is a native Angelino who became an accidental activist when he experienced an egregious development and loss of nearly an acre of pristine forest in his backyard. You can find some details of that experience in a City Watch article HERE.
With more than 10 years behind him advocating for wildlife, public open space and many other neighborhood isssues, he is past vice-president of the Laurel Canyon Association, a past delegate to the Hillside Federation and a board member of the Bel Air Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council.
In 2016, CLAW actively campaigned for ballot measures supporting parklands and Tony received an Official Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles presented by Councilmember Paul Koretz, “The City thanks you for your efforts in promoting the passing of Measures FF and GG and in helping maintain and conserve local open space, wildlife corridors, and parklands. Through steadfast ways and caring deeds, you have made the City of Los Angeles a better place in which to work, live and play!”
Tony is working daily with communities to navigate bureaucracy in order to serve CLAW's missions along with a strong opinion that we are incrementally destroying LA's unique natural resources and that our local government should in no way encourage or accelerate such a loss.
Whether at home in the hills of Los Angeles or camping with her family in Yosemite National Park, Alison Simard is passionate about wilderness conservation and wildlife education and uses her public relations, event planning and marketing/branding expertise to make actionable change in environmental policies. Throughout her career, Alison has worked to balance urban and rural life as an activist and a public relations expert moving from New York to Montana to Alaska to California. Alison began her career in the environmental committee in Sacramento Capital representing the Mountain Lion Foundation and has participated in a variety of wildlife, environment, and alternative energy campaigns. Alison is also a financial/business media relations and marketing expert.
In 2000 in the backyard of her home in Laurel Canyon, upon witnessing the degradation of an ancient animal passageway, Alison organized along with several neighbors to save a wildlife corridor. When it became clear that the city was not enforcing its own environmental conditions, she filed a lawsuit against the developer and the City of Los Angeles. Through compelling docu-protest videos with her partners at CLAW and Alison’s achievement of widespread news coverage, the city and developer made a permanent easement for wildlife passage. In 2013, Alison envisioned and co-founded CLAW. She continues to work to protect wildlife and their habitats throughout Los Angeles’ urban interfaces. In 2017, Alison was hired as Director of Communications for Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz and Council District 5.
While earning a BA in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Shawn created the show Habitat for UNC-CH Cable TV on the abundance of nature found on campus. She spent summers interning at 60 Minutes, The New York Times and studying with the Wildlands Studies Program through San Francisco State University. Her first job out of college was shadowing an environmental reporter at the CBS affiliate WRAL-TV in Durham, NC where she put together a reel that landed her first reporting job at NBC affiliate KIEM-TV in Eureka, CA. As morning and then evening anchor, she wrote, produced and filmed dozens of stories on the local environment, including a three-part special on Coho salmon and their plight, and stories on the headwaters of the old-growth coastal redwoods in Humboldt County.
After moving to Los Angeles to produce for an Australian science program called Beyond 2000, Shawn went on to write and produce nature documentaries for Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel including Earth’s Fury, Storm Warning and The Top 10 Environmental Disasters. When she chose to leave the workforce and start a family, she created her own company called Dutch Touch Art, designing and commissioning a series of hand-painted oils for the design industry, based on the Netherland’s Golden Age and their iconic depictions of nature in the wild. Most recently, Shawn served as Chair of a non-profit organization called Friends of Wonderland (FOW), which raises more than $600K annually for Wonderland Elementary School in Laurel Canyon. FOW provides the enrichment programs no longer funded by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) including PE, library, music and art.
Samantha Sullivan, is currently a graduate student obtaining her Masters of Biology with an emphasis in wildlife conservation. She has over 15 years experience working with wild animals including: veterinary, zoological, conducting field research & within sanctuaries.
Andrew Lasken, is a wildlife educator and advocate. He presents to the public on topics such as the California Grizzly and leads nature hikes for children in the San Gabriel Mountains. Andrew also provides behavioral enrichment for mountain lions at a local sanctuary, and his wildlife photography has been featured in Wild Planet Magazine.
Beth Pratt, California Director, National Wildlife Federation
Paul Edelman, Deputy Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Tom Gillespie, Professor, Dept. of Geography, UCLA
Travis Longcore, Science Director, The Urban Wildlands Group
Carla Rohde Robinson, Independent Environmental Educator & Captive Animal Care Specialist
Zach Smith, Independent Raptor Biologist
The following businesses and individuals are invaluable to our operations here at CLAW. We are incredibly grateful for their support.
Daniela Barbani, Artist
Cathy Weiss, Artist
Runyon Canyon Apparel
Bailee DesRocher, Artist
Mind Fruit Studios
Molly Tuttle Design
Susan Swihart Photography
Laurel Canyon Country Store