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Portraits of Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

President and CEO, The Humane Society of the U.S.

As president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle leads one of the world’s most effective animal-protection organizations and one of the highest-impact nonprofit groups of any kind. Placing special emphasis on transforming public policies and corporate behavior, he has been a primary strategist in securing the enactment of hundreds of state and federal animal-protection laws and helped drive reforms adopted by many of America’s biggest for-profit companies. He has been named Executive of the Year by the Non-Profit Times; contributed to Foreign Affairs, the New York times, the Washington Post, and other national publications; and authored the New York Times bestseller The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. His blog, A Humane Nation, is published each weekday. A graduate of Yale University, Pacelle lives in Maryland with his wife, journalist Lisa Fletcher, and two rescues, their dog Lily and cat Zoe.