width="250"Jane Hoffman is President and co-founder of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (the Alliance).

The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in 2003 with the goal of transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament are killed merely because they do not have homes.

Since its inception, the Alliance has worked with the City of New York to apply creative, targeted solutions to the problems and challenges facing NYC’s homeless animals. As a result of the Alliance’s strategic programs and collaboration with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters, the Live Release Rate at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) increased from 24% in 2003 to more than 90% in 2017, where it has remained for the past three consecutive years. Having accomplished its mission to transform New York City into a “no-kill” city, the Alliance now focuses on its role as a capacity-builder, a connector, and hub for NYC animal welfare.

Key Alliance Initiatives

Jane is particularly proud of three key Alliance initiatives that fueled its success over the years and which, upon achieving its mission, she thoughtfully and carefully transitioned to other nonprofit partners in 2019.

  • Wheels of Hope Transport Program, which provided free transport over the years for more than 130,000 shelter animals from ACC shelters to rescue partners and other safe havens.
  • Alliance Mega-Adoption Event Program, featuring its signature event, Adoptapalooza, which found homes for more than 17,000 animals over the years.
  • NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI), which supports the efforts of organizations and individuals who work to help feral and stray community cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

Other Experience and Accomplishments

  • Served both as Chair and as Secretary of the Board of Farm Sanctuary.
  • Founding Member and former Chair and former Secretary of the New York City Bar’s Animal Law Committee. She has moderated many of the Committee’s popular evening programs and annual conferences.
  • Jane gave a speech in 2000 for the Bohnett Lecture Series at UCLA Law School entitled, “The Importance of Bar Association Committees on the Development of Animal Law.” Subsequently, numerous city, state, and regional Animal Law Committees have been established.


  • 2007 American Bar Association (ABA) TIPS section’s inaugural Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.
    2013 Pet Philanthropy Circle’s “Pet Hero Outstanding Director Award”
  • 2014 unite4:humanity’s inaugural Award in Animal Welfare
  • 2014 Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)’s “New York’s Kindest” Award (to the Alliance’s Wheels of Hope Transport Program)
  • 2015 Pet Philanthropy Circle’s “Outstanding Rescue” Award (to the Alliance)

Professional Background

A native New Yorker, Jane is an attorney, formerly with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett and was in private practice specializing in taxation, executive compensation, and estate planning. She was also a senior consultant at Handy Associates, a management consulting firm, working on mergers and acquisitions.


Jane has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, an M.L.S. from Long Island University, and a B.A. from Boston College.