Paw’d Cast: Sabrina Ashjian, CA State Dir., HSUS

Sabrina Ashjian is the newly-appointed California state director for the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to that she served as the Chairperson for the Cannabis Control Appeals Panel, after being appointed by Governor Brown in 2018. She was a consumer fraud & environmental crimes prosecutor, pursuing cases against companies for predatory practices and environmental harms. While in this role she handled cases of illegal hunting and poaching and was the recipient of the “Prosecutor of the Year” award from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. She began her career as a public defender, serving in juvenile and adult courts as well as restorative programs.

Sabrina received a Presidential Academic Scholarship to attend George Washington University, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a secondary field in English. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Journalism and a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and in the United States Supreme Court.

She serves on the statewide non-profit boards of National Women’s Political Caucus of California, California Women Lawyers, Emerge California, and California Lawyers Association Environmental Section Executive Committee. In addition to this statewide work, she is on the regional non-profit boards of Central California Legal Services, Inc., Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC), the Fresno County Bar Association, and Fresno County Women Lawyers. She is co-chair of California Women Lawyers Gender Equity Task Force and participates on Emerge California’s Central Valley Advisory Team. She is a member of the Armenian Bar Association and Environmental Law Institute. She lives in Fresno with her husband, Sean Brunton, and their rescue dog, Remington (Remy).


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