Wayne Pacelle is the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the country’s largest animal protection organization. The Humane Society and its affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year. They confront the largest national and international issues facing animals, coming to the aid of those in crisis and attacking the root causes of problems.
Wayne received his B.A. in history and studies in the environment from Yale University in 1987. Prior to joining the Humane Society, he served as the executive director of The Fund for Animals from 1988 to 1994. He was also the associate editor and later president of the board for The Animals’ Agenda magazine, as well as a guest instructor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Training Academy. He is on the boards of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Humane Society International, the South Florida Wildlife Center, Global Animal Partnership and Humane USA. He cofounded the National Federation of Humane Societies in 2006, and serves on their board. He also founded Humane USA and The Humane Society Legislative Fund. Wayne became the president and CEO of the Humane Society in 2004, after serving for nearly 10 years as their chief lobbyist and spokesperson.