Wayne Pacelle (The Humane Society of the United States)
Wayne Pacelle is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of the United States. Since his appointment in 2004, Wayne Pacelle has dramatically driven the growth of the HSUS through mergers, volunteer engagement, and a remarkable range of corporate and policy gains on animal protection issues – from animal fighting and anti-cruelty laws to factory farming, puppy mills, and horse protection. The HSUS and its international affiliate are involved in all 50 U.S. states and in 50 countries.
The HSUS is the nation’s largest animal care provider, and also the nation’s leading advocacy organization for animals. The organization has helped pass more than 1,100 state animal protection laws and more than 100 federal statutes and other gains in Congress during Wayne’s tenure. His 2011 book: ‘The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them’ and his 2016 book: ‘The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals’, are both New York Times bestsellers. In the later work, Wayne describes a revolution in business and government that is changing forever how we treat animals and conduct commerce. He’s written for Foreign Affairs and for major newspapers throughout the U.S. He’s appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk shows, the Ellen Show, 60 Minutes, and just about every other major outlet in the nation.
Non-Profit Times named Wayne Pacelle Executive of the Year in 2005, and he’s been on the “Power and Influence Top 50” list among non-profit organizations five times in recent years.