Lack of Diversity in Animal Welfare: Is your organization prepared to make inclusion a priority?

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Recorded On: 10/15/2020

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The NEFHS has served as a platform to discuss important issues impacting New England and the field of animal welfare for decades.  Despite our track record of tackling difficult issues, this will be our first to facilitate a conversation that addresses the lack of People of Color (POC) within our field. This webinar series will also address the disproportionate, negative impact many organizational, local, and state animal welfare policies and practices have on POC. The NEFHS Board acknowledges the need for continued evaluation and learning for all of us, our Board included. It is important to prioritize this issue throughout the year, every year, until systemic racism no longer exists. The NEFHS is committed to providing resources to help you through this journey, through this webinar series and at our Annual Conference to keep us all moving forward. This series is open to all animal welfare employees and/or volunteers, which includes aimal shelters, animal control and rescues of all sizes. 

Join The New England Federation of Humane Societies for a 90-minute panel and Q&A to discuss the lack of diversity in animal welfare. Learn how to recognize your own implicit bias. Find ways to make your organization a more diverse and inclusive environment for staff and volunteers, which will lead to a more welcoming environment for your community. 


  • Shafonda Davis, Executive Director, Animal Protection Society of Durham
  • James Evans, CARE, President 
  • Jennifer Evans, CARE, Chief Operations Officer 
  • Kenny Lamberti, Director of Grassroots Advocacy  
  • Akisha Townsend Eaton, Legislative Attorney, Best Friends

This 90-minute webinar has been pre-approved for 1.5 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Shafonda Davis

Executive Director, Animal Protection Society of Durham

Shafonda Davis has worked in animal welfare for over twenty years. She is the current Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham in North Carolina. She serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement, and is a former board member of the North Carolina Animal Federation. Shafonda, who identifies as a Black American, feels privileged to work in a diverse community in the South with a diverse staff that work together to create a better world for animals through sheltering, outreach and spay neuter assistance. Having started in animal welfare with very few people that resembled herself, Shafonda is hoping to contribute to a future where all of animal welfare is accepting and inclusive.

James Evans

CARE, President

James is a multi-awarding winning creative strategist and leader with 25+ years of experience developing relationships between organizations and their constituents. His expertise has been utilized across a diverse group of brands, both nonprofit, and for profit. Specific brand experience includes: Timberland, Disney, The Mills Corporation, NAACP, Baltimore Health Department, Maryland Health Department, Kennedy Krieger Institute, CVS Caremark’s Project Health, Safe Streets Baltimore, and many other brands.  James and his team have initiated several programs, including the ground breaking Gulf Spay/Neuter Campaign and HSUS’ Pets for Life, which helped reshape animal welfare, while simultaneously advocating for more diversity and inclusion throughout the field. He has also played an integral part in AWO organization’s projects, including HSUS’ Adopters Welcome, Outdoor Cats Research, Stop Puppy Mills and Spayathon, as well as Best Friends Animal Society’s Outreach Action Team, Maddie’s Fund, and SPCA of Texas’ Let’s Fix This Campaign.

Jennifer Evans

CARE, Chief Operations Officer

Jen is the COO and Art Director for Illume Communications. As a highly organized logistics expert, she manages CARE’s staff and workflow. Aside from her visual communications and organizational skills, Jen brings an in-depth knowledge of social media marketing strategies. Much of her recent work within the animal welfare field has included innovative campaign strategies and production for large scale projects such as Breaking Bias for HSUS Expo 2019, Stop Puppy Mills Video campaign, Petstablished, Let’s Fix This, HSUS’ Spayathon, and HSUS’ Adopter’s Welcome toolkit.

Kenny Lamberti

Director of Grassroots Advocacy

As the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for Best Friends Animal Society, Kenny Lamberti is tasked with creating strategies, tools and resources aimed at mobilizing and activating the public. Kenny spent seven years working for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), most recently as Vice President of the Companion Animals Department. Kenny played a key role in morphing HSUS’s End Dog Fighting campaign into what became the Pets for Life program. He previously worked as a dog trainer and kennel manager for Animal Farm Foundation, and has worked in the area of dog behavior for almost 20 years.

Kenny came to the humane movement with a background in community organizing, and has led initiatives for Harvard University, the Boston public schools, and the YMCA. Kenny’s unique professional and personal path to animal welfare makes him a coveted public speaker and inspiring force for the no-kill movement. Kenny’s passion for and commitment to community engagement, inclusion and diversity have shaped his approach to his goal of building humane communities.

Akisha Townsend Eaton

Legislative Attorney, Best Friends

Akisha is a legislative attorney for Best Friends. Her position focuses on companion animal legislative matters in the southern states. Akisha has more than 10 years of experience in the area of animal welfare legislation and policy, beginning with a clerkship with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She subsequently served as an animal welfare fellow in the United States Senate and was the assistant legislative counsel at the Humane Society of the United States, where the bulk of her work focused on companion animal issues. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee, where she has served as diversity vice chair.  She serves as co-chair of the board of CreatureKind and is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.  Akisha is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown Law. 


Webinar: Lack of Diversity in Animal Welfare
10/15/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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