Welcome From the Executive Director

It is an honor for me to join World Animal Protection as your new US Executive Director for many reasons.

Almost a decade ago, I made an important, life-changing decision to transition from a successful marketing and advertising career to working for international non-profits. I wanted to leverage my corporate business experience and apply it to a cause and help make a difference and improve the world we live in. I am excited to work with dedicated and enthusiastic staff, supporters and partners to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face today.

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 2015 and beyond. Thank you.


Priscilla Ma
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 current 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. 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 treatment program, expanding the work into new countries, building strong corporate and community partnerships, stewarding important fundraising partnerships, developing strategies for raising the profile of the organization among key stakeholders and mentoring and motivating staff to perform at their highest levels. 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 Fundraisers Association and on the Advisory Council of Daniel’s Music Foundation.

Jerome Grant, Director of Development, U.S.

Jerome joined in August 2013 to lead the Development team to ensure that World Animal Protection in the US has the vital funds it needs to deliver for animals. Jerome was previously Vice President for Development and External Affairs at YWCA leading on institutional development and communications initiatives focused on the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism. Prior to that, he was the Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA. He has also directed marketing and sponsorship programs at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the American Ballet Theatre.

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.