Welcome From the Executive Director
Welcome to World Animal Protection and thank you for sharing our vision of a world where animals live free from suffering.
Billions of animals are suffering around the world and every one of them needs our help. But real change will only occur when people and organizations take action for animals themselves – together or individually. That’s why we move the world.
There is a strong inter-dependence between humans and animals. Animals play such an important part in our everyday lives and providing them with a good life should be a priority for us all. World Animal Protection is leading the way in protecting animals in the wild, in farming, in communities, and in disasters. Through our work with governments, businesses, communities and intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations, we are putting animals on the global agenda and making changes that will have long-term impact on policy and practice around the world. And with the help of our devoted supporters, we are creating a movement of people who want a world without animal cruelty.
I am so delighted to be working with you and World Animal Protection staff around the globe as we move the world to protect animals in 2016 and beyond. Thank you.
Executive Director, U.S.
World Animal Protection
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Board of Directors
Mr. John J. Bowen, President
Mr. Carter Luke, Secretary/Treasurer
Ms. Christy Counts
Mr. Stephen Corri
Ms. Silia Smith
Senior Management Team
Priscilla Ma, Executive Director, U.S.
Priscilla Ma is the Executive Director for the US office of World Animal Protection. She has more than 20 years’ experience in results-oriented strategic planning and implementation in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. In her first year at World Animal Protection, she has led the US office to significantly improve operations, resulting in a 575% net growth. Prior to her appointment, she worked at Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity. In her role, Priscilla was instrumental in strengthening and growing the organization’s fundraising platforms, expanding the treatment program into new countries, and building strong corporate and community partnerships. Priscilla holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from McGill University. She is a member of the Direct Marketing Association and on the Advisory Council of Daniel’s Music Foundation.
Deb Burzynski, Regional Marketing and Communications Director, North America
Deb joined in October 2012 as Regional Marketing and Communications Director North America and is based out of the New York office. She leads on the marketing and communications strategy for North America and works closely with communications leadership throughout the organization. She has many years’ experience managing marketing communications programs for non-profits and for-profit businesses in both a corporate and agency setting. Prior to World Animal Protection, Deb had worked at a celebrity-founded, US-based not-for-profit, Children’s Health Fund, building marketing programs and digital strategies to enhance communications, raise funds, and activate advocates on behalf of low-income and homeless children across the states.
Pat McNamara, Regional Finance Director, North America
Pat leads on the accounting and finance management for the North American region, providing accounting oversight and quality assurance to support robust financial operations in the USA and Canadian offices. Pat is a CPA with 30 years of financial management experience having worked as a Vice President for Finance and as a Controller in several non-profits including the ASPCA, the New York Road Runners, The Solomon Guggenheim Foundation and more. He started out his career working as an accountant for firms such as KPMG Peat Marwick.