American Pet Products Association Announces New Hire to Government & Regulatory Affairs Department

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June 17, 2020

(Stamford, CT) – American Pet Products Association (APPA) CEO Steve King is pleased to announce the hire of Jennifer Dehmel as director, legislative and regulatory research. In her role, Dehmel will assist APPA members by tracking new developments in state and federal laws that impact the industry, sharing educational content, initiating cooperative efforts with other interest groups and advocating members’ concerns with government leaders. 

“On behalf of the APPA staff and board, we welcome Jennifer to the Association and believe she’s the perfect candidate to join our government and regulatory affairs team,” said King. “Her vast knowledge will be a true asset to our efforts on behalf of our members and the pet industry.” 

Dehmel brings to her position 25 years experience, most recently serving as a litigation associate at Steinberg & Cavaliere, LLP where she conducted legal research and discovery, drafted counterclaims and answered disciplinary complaints in context of professional liability proceedings. Dehmel earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She continued her education and obtained her juris doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, CT. 


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,100 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pets and Vets Program, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit for more information.



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