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The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in animal welfare and we want you with us on this journey. As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Commitment to Action, The Association will continue offering resources and learning opportunities designed to further the eradication of systemic discrimination and racism in animal welfare.

Statement and Definitions for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

A Letter to our Members & Colleagues from The Association's President & CEO, Jim Tedford

FAQs from The Association's DEI Advisory Committee 2-2021

The Groundwater Approach: building  a practical understanding of structural racism (Racial Equity Institute)

The Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package includes free recordings of webinars, roundtables, and conference presentations. Click on the Training tab above to see what's currently included in the training package.


Click on the Blogs tab above to read our blogs about DEI issues: book mark this page


Click on the Podcasts tab above to listen to / watch our podcasts on diversity topics.

  • Addressing Social Justice in Animal Welfare Panel

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/02/2020

    A diverse panel of leaders will share their unique perspectives on the multi-layered challenges we face as we address animal welfare AND social justice simultaneously.

    The convergence of a worldwide pandemic and unresolved racial strife have thrust our lives into what feels like a constant state of discomfort. Animal welfare is not immune, so we find ourselves at an inevitable inflection point where diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions permeate our shelters and the communities we serve. So, what’s the vital element to advancing the human-animal bond and engaging unfamiliar conversations with staff and communities? Trust.  This panel of leaders will share their unique perspectives on the multi-layered challenges we face as we address animal welfare AND social justice simultaneously.


    This 60 minute session, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Shafonda Davis, CAWA

    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 NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, 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. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    Associate Relationship Manager

    PetSmart Charities

    Johnny Jenkins is an experienced grant making professional with expertise in strategic grant-making and program management. He has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. As a member of PetSmart Charities’ Relationship Management Team, Johnny is responsible for managing the adoption grant portfolio for the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Johnny also provides leadership to multiple Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in Animal Welfare including PetSmart Charities (Racial Equity Advisory Team Co-Lead), The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (DEI Advisory Committee Co-Lead), and the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck

    Executive Director

    Capital Humane Society

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck serves as the Executive Director of Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, NE. Previously, Martin-Roebuck served as Research Faculty at Colorado School of Mines, focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and college access. She was also Director of Operations for Higher Education Resource Services, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education at the University of Denver. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and received her BA in Art History from Mansfield University.

    Wade Sadler

    Animal Services Director

    Multnomah County Animal Services

    Wade Sadler is the Director of Multnomah County Animal Services, which serves the Portland, Oregon metro area.  Wade has over 20 years of management experience and entered the animal welfare industry 5 years ago.  He's passionate about providing equitable services and access in his agency and as an ally of BIPOC communities, he is committed to leveraging his privilege as a white man to combat social injustice.

  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 04/15/2021

    Hear what The Association and industry leaders are doing to advance DEI initiatives, and receive thoughtful information and practical guidance to further your own work. (Expo session)

    Diversity, equity and inclusion are on the forefront of our collective mind. The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to the collaborative and sustained effort necessary for a just and fair animal welfare field. Hear what The Association and industry leaders are doing to advance DEI initiatives, and receive thoughtful information and practical guidance to further your own work. It is diversity of all forms—ethnicity, gender, background, experiences, ideas, dreams, perspectives—that will fuel understanding, progress, creativity, innovation and unity in our profession.

    This session has been approved for 1 CAWA CE and by NACA for 1 CE.


    This 54-minute session was recorded during Animal Care Expo 2021 - we thank The Humane Society of the United States for generously making this recording available.

    Shafonda Davis, CAWA

    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 NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, 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. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Katherine Shenar, CAWA

    Executive Vice President

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Katherine Shenar brings 25 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

  • Are Good Intentions Contributing to Systemic Racism?

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/01/2020

    This panel of animal welfare leaders walks you through why well-intended protocols unwittingly contribute to inequity.

    Are you still asking adopters if they rent or own their home? And how is this question associated with systemic racism? This panel of animal welfare leaders walks you through why well-intended protocols unwittingly contribute to inequity. As a leader in animal welfare or animal services, when was the last time you reviewed programs, processes, and communications for inherent bias? Learn how data supports an open adoption policy and how your organization can adopt a more equitable approach.


    This 60-minute session, sponsored by Pethealth, Inc., was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Ed Jamison

    Director

    Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. Ed serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    Katherine Shenar, CAWA

    Executive Vice President

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Katherine Shenar brings 25 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Steve Zeidman, CAWA

    SVP Software Solutions

    Pethealth, Inc.

    Steve Zeidman, CAWA, has more than 20 years’ industry experience, and is a leading expert in animal welfare technology and shelter operations. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Software Solutions, for Pethealth Inc., where he oversees data management solutions for shelters and rescues under the petpoint brand while also supporting Chameleon users. He is the Board Chair of the Catalyst Council, has served as head of research for Petsmart Charities, and was a founding board member of Shelter Animals Count.

  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion In the Workplace

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/03/2020

    Explore what roles and behaviors are needed to transform the workplace, what to look out for when recruiting and retaining employees, and give participants tools for creating a work culture that works for everyone.

    Respect among coworkers provides an important foundation for a successful workplace. But it doesn’t end there. An organization must acquire a breadth and wealth of competencies to fulfill its promise of an inclusive and collaborative workplace.  In this high-level, interactive webinar, we will discuss what it means to have an inclusive work culture and the importance of getting commitment and buy-in from the top. Dr. Davis will explore what roles and behaviors are needed to transform the workplace, what to look out for when recruiting and retaining employees, and give participants tools for creating a work culture that works for everyone. The goal of this session is to help organizations not only realize the importance of inclusion but also affect change in their workplace culture for the better. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    • Reconcile your own feelings and beliefs around inclusion
    • Understand common language and definitions (diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, access, bias, and unconscious bias)
    • Help leaders lead with a mindset of inclusion by developing inclusive behavior
    • Create an inclusive workforce through recruiting and retention
    • Use tools and tactics for creating a more inclusive work environment

    This 60-minute session was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Dr. Gena Yuvette Davis, PSYD, MBA, CCP, BCC

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Organizational Psychologist

    True Synergy, Inc.

    Gena Yuvette Davis, PSYD, MBA, CCP, BCC, is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, corporate trainer, author, and national speaker. Gena specializes in the area of the self and being, and uses a variety of philosophies and strategies from the applied behavioral and social sciences to help motivate and inspire collaborative  work teams. Gena’s corporate background includes 18 years as a marketing communications executive and consultant, leading strategic marketing,  public relations, advertising, and branding programs.

  • Working to Keep People and Pets in Homes

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/03/2020

    Join us to talk through housing support, eviction response programs, and advocacy for pet owners in crisis.

    Affordable housing was a crisis in every state in the country before the pandemic. Now tens of millions of U.S. renters are estimated to be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to exacerbated economic challenges from COVID-19.  To keep pets in their homes, we have to keep people in their homes. Join us to talk through housing support, eviction response programs, and advocacy on this important issue. This session runs 75-minutes.

    Post session: Complete the session evaluation afterwards in order to earn a Certificate of Attendance with CE. 



    This session, sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim and Metacam, was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Amanda Arrington

    Senior Director Of Pets For Life

    The Humane Society Of The United States

    With Pets for Life in over 50 markets across the U.S., Amanda Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s  Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare.

    Lauren Loney

    Texas State Director

    The Humane Society Of The United States

    Lauren Loney graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law where she was on the executive boards of the Environmental Law Society and the UT Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is a licensed attorney in Texas and has practiced environmental justice and affordable housing law in low-income communities across the state. Before joining HSUS, Lauren was a Staff Attorney and Advocacy Co-Director at Texas Housers, a civil rights and affordable housing nonprofit. She holds a M.S. in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Mizzou.

  • The Roundtable: Community Relations During A Time of Unrest

    Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    Barriers to community engagement isn’t a new challenge for animal services but a global pandemic and social unrest bring added burden to these essential employees. Hear from animal services leaders guiding their cities through a difficult climate: Dallas, Greensboro, and Los Angeles.

    Barriers to community engagement isn’t a new challenge for animal services, but a global pandemic and social unrest bring added burden to these essential employees. Hear from animal services and TNR leaders who are guiding their cities through a difficult climate: Atlanta, Dallas, Greensboro (NC), and Los Angeles.

    This exclusive roundtable conversation will explore the challenges animal support service professionals are currently facing with a special emphasis on BIPOC officers and staff. Learn from their experience so you can engage your community in conversations of equity and justice and provide support with kindness and fairness.  Questions from the audience will follow the roundtable discussion. 

    The Roundtable Moderators:
    • Jim Tedford, President and CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement 
    • Gabrielle Chapman, Senior Analyst, Social Justice, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

    The Roundtable Guests:
    • Allison Cardona – Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, CA
    • Ed Jamison – Director, Animal Services, Dallas, Texas
    • Jorge Ortega – Director, Guilford County Animal Services, NC
    • BONUS Guest: Sterling "TrapKing" Davis, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions, Atlanta, GA

    This roundtable has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.  Please note that this session is NOT approved for Texas DSHS CEs.

    If you would like to watch more content about diversity, equity, and inclusion, please register for our free Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Package.

     Read our blogs about DEI issues: book mark this page.

    ​Allison Cardona

    Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, CA

    Allison Cardona has been a Deputy Director of South County Operations for the Department since March 2017. As Deputy Director of South County, Allison oversees the Carson/Gardena, Downey and Baldwin Park Animal Care Centers along with special programs such as behavior and enrichment. Prior to joining the County of Los Angeles, Allison spent over 13 years as a program director for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). She holds a B.S. in Public Affairs from Empire State College. Allison is dedicated to keeping pets and people forever together, removing barriers so pet owners have access to care and services. Allison serves as the department’s liaison to the County of Los Angeles Homeless Initiative, helping to integrate pet-friendly services into service planning and delivery. 

    Sterling Davis

    Founder, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions

    Sterling “TrapKing” Davis is a well traveled, ex-military, music and cat enthusiast that has always loved entertaining and interacting with people. Becoming vegetarian after visiting a slaughterhouse at 12 years old, the love and respect for animals has always been there but the relationship with cats grew to be more special. I was always the only guy that either had or wanted another cat growing up. Shelter work was new for me. I started cleaning litter boxes and learning more about cats until I was eventually promoted to a TNR/Outreach position where I was able to really add to my love and knowledge of cats. In Dekalb, Georgia, I would work for over 3 years educating, assisting, and doing outreach for TNR and community cat management. A career working with cats? Why would I ever do anything else?

    Ed Jamison

    Director

    Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. Ed serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    Jorge Ortega

    Director, Guilford County Animal Services, North Carolina

    Jorge Ortega iscurrently the Animal Services Director for the Guilford County Animal Servicesin Greensboro, NC. Most recently he held the position of Senior Director ofOperations where he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of theASPCA’s Adoption Center, Kitten Nursery and Canine Annex Rehabilitation &Enrichment Center located in New York City.

    Jorge has alsoserved as Vice President of Operations for two progressive animal welfareorganizations, the Houston SPCA and the Humane Society of Charlotte. He beganhis career at the Houston SPCA where he held many positions. As VP ofOperations he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the shelter. Atthe Humane Society of Charlotte he provided leadership and support to theshelter, 2 high-volume spay/neuter clinics and one remote animal adoptioncenter. He worked to build strategic partnerships and community programs thathelped decrease animal intake. Jorge played an active role in the CharlotteASPCA Community Partnership in an effort to save more at-risk and homeless petsthrough collaboration between the Humane Society of Charlotte andCharlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.

    Jorge alsoworked for a national animal welfare organization where he served as theManager of Disaster Services and worked closely with emergency managementofficials across the country. He also held the position of Regional Director ofShelter Outreach for Pethealth, Inc. where he was responsible for maintainingrelationships with animal welfare organizations in Texas, Louisiana andMississippi with supporting them with animal management and care programs.

    Gabrielle Chapman

    Senior Social Justice Analyst, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    Gabrielle Chapman is the former Executive Director of Call to Action for Racial Equality, West Virginia’s first professional statewide racial equity coalition. As HSUS’ Pets for Life Senior Analyst Social Justice, Gabrielle will lend her skill set to facilitate complex conversations ranging from criminal justice reform to racial and economic justice in the animal welfare world. She is a 2018–2019 Soros Justice Fellow with the Open Society Foundation and serves as a Board of Director for West Virginia’s Center on Budget and Policy and West Virginia Women's Health Center. Chapman holds a BS in Applied Biology from Russell Sage College. During her college years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Defense, was an assistant with Sage College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee.

    Jim Tedford, CAWA

    President & CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jim Tedford accepted his dream job when he joined The Association as President & CEO in June of 2015.  But Jim is no stranger to the organization.  He has been a member for nearly 30 years and served as our Board Chairman some twenty years ago.  Jim has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 34 years having served as CEO for animal sheltering organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee.  He served as a regional director for The Humane Society of the United States and then spent six years providing direct response marketing services to animal welfare organizations. Jim presents frequently at national and regional conferences on various animal welfare issues, organizational development and not-for-profit management. 

  • 07/01/20 Communicating in a Divided America

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/01/2020

    Equip your organization with the tools your staff, volunteers, and board need to listen thoughtfully and communicate effectively with supporters who span the political and social spectrum.

    It’s no secret that our nation is deeply divided along political and social lines. This is especially true right now. These divisions make it increasingly difficult for animal welfare organizations to develop messages that appeal to people on both sides of the divide.

    While most organizations have missions that should appeal to liberals, conservatives, and everyone in between, it’s easy for messages to be delivered in a way that appeals to one side and not the other.  

    Join us for a session that will equip your organization with the tools your staff, volunteers, and board need to listen thoughtfully and communicate effectively with supporters who span the political and social spectrum.  Participants will learn how to: 

    • Identify and speak to the shared values of internal and external audiences, including potential supporters, regardless of their political or social ideology
    • Assess your existing communications to find language and imagery that turns off those on either side of the ideological divide
    • Eliminate jargon and develop direct, accessible communications that connect with shared values
    • Reach key audiences who are either unaware of or turned off by your existing messaging

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Peter Panepento

    Philanthropic Practice Leader, Turn Two Communications

    Peter Panepento founded Turn Two Communications, a full-service communications and PR firm that specializes in working with nonprofits and foundations. Peter spent nearly two decades in journalism, including more than a decade covering the nonprofit world at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He is co-author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits.

  • Commitment to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare (Panel Discussion)

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/16/2020

    Listen to a recording of a bold and honest conversation with a panel of animal welfare leaders already implementing change.

    Amanda Arrington (HSUS) and Johnny Jenkins (PetSmart Charities) joined forces in October 2019 to lead The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. These two animal welfare leaders immediately began working to dismantle barriers to advance DEI efforts in animal welfare. Bolstered by The Association’s Board of Directors' commitment to action, the goal is to coordinate a North American leadership summit resulting in a doctrine dedicated to eradicating institutional structures that maintain systemic disparities in animal welfare. A strong and committed intersectional pipeline of advocates and leaders will be critical to the sustainability and evolution of this work. How do we stay vigilant, avoid complacency, and continue to challenge ourselves to advance in this work? We start with a bold and honest conversation at the 2020 Spring Conference with a panelist of animal welfare leaders already implementing change. 

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs

    This panel discussion was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020. Learn about the full conference recording package. 

    And check out the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package which includes this recording.

    Amanda Arrington - Panel Facilitator

    Senior Director of Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    With Pets For Life, Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the United States and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Arrington previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS., served three years as the chair of the Durham County Animal Control Advisory Committee and on the board of the Durham Interneighborhood Council. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    Associate Relationship Manager

    PetSmart Charities

    Johnny Jenkins is an experienced grant making professional with expertise in strategic grant-making and program management. He has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. As a member of PetSmart Charities’ Relationship Management Team, Johnny is responsible for managing the adoption grant portfolio for the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Johnny also provides leadership to multiple Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in Animal Welfare including PetSmart Charities (Racial Equity Advisory Team Co-Lead), The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (DEI Advisory Committee Co-Lead), and the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Gabrielle Chapman

    Senior Social Justice Analyst, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    Gabrielle Chapman is the former Executive Director of Call to Action for Racial Equality, West Virginia’s first professional statewide racial equity coalition. As HSUS’ Pets for Life Senior Analyst Social Justice, Gabrielle will lend her skill set to facilitate complex conversations ranging from criminal justice reform to racial and economic justice in the animal welfare world. She is a 2018–2019 Soros Justice Fellow with the Open Society Foundation and serves as a Board of Director for West Virginia’s Center on Budget and Policy and West Virginia Women's Health Center. Chapman holds a BS in Applied Biology from Russell Sage College. During her college years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Defense, was an assistant with Sage College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee.

    Ed Jamison

    Director

    Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. Ed serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    Jose Sandoval

    Commissioner for the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services

    Known as a proponent on issues of health, safety, and animal advocacy serving in public service roles in the Los Angeles Area, in 2012 Sandoval founded the Latino Alliance for Animal Care coalition to educate and empower the Latino community about animal welfare. Sandoval's interest in working on behalf of animals began with the adoption of his German Shepherd/Collie mix, Lucky, from the East Valley Animal Shelter after the dog was abandoned by four previous owners. Today, the bond between Lucky and Sandoval is inseparable. From that experience, he continues to build his network as a resource to help other companion animals find loving homes.

  • Interacting with Increasingly Diverse Communities

    Includes Credits

    The speakers will de-mystify LGBTQI communities, along with identify how to restfully handle customer service interactions, field interviews, pat downs, arrests, and report writing.

    In 2018, California’s Governor Brown signed a bill which requires P.O.S.T certified training and guidelines regarding sexual orientation and gender identity for all peace officers. While most Animal Control and Humane Officers do not fall under the P.O.S.T. training requirements, they are still out in the community dealing with the same diverse communities as law enforcement. Shelter personnel also interact with and serve the same community; however, rarely do we see training at animal conferences to help our staff better understand and interact with the myriad of cultures and communities coming through the shelter doors. 

    We will focus on demystifying LGBTQI and other communities, along with identifying how to handle customer service interactions, field interviews, pat downs, arrests, and report writing in a way that will help attendees provide respectful service while upholding department and professional integrity.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs


    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020. Learn about the full conference recording package.

    And check out the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package which includes this recording.

    Jace Huggins

    Chief Animal Control Officer, City of Sacramento–Front Street Shelter

    Jace Huggins Currently the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Sacramento, Jace has worked most pet-related jobs in his career, from retail pet stores to being an Intensive Care Unit Technician at the renowned UC Davis Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Jace loves working with his District Attorney and the Sacramento Animal Cruelty Task Force on cruelty cases and educating his regional team.

    Michele Gigante

    Police Sergeant, Sacramento Police Department

    Sergeant Gigante has been a police officer for 21 years and supervises the Sacramento Police Department’s Research, Training and Development In-Service Unit. In her role she develops and organizes training for all SPD Officers. She also develops and assists in the implementation of training as it relates to LGBTQ+ issues. Sgt. Gigante has been SPD’s LGBTQ+ Liaison officer since the official implementation of the position at SPD, however, she has acted as the LGBTQ+ liaison for many years before that.

  • Breaking Down Barriers: Achieving Real Board Diversity and Inclusion

    Recorded On: 02/04/2020

    We will discuss some of the structural, cultural, and emotional barriers that exist on nonprofit boards when it comes to building greater diversity among members.

    What’s holding your board back from achieving real diversity and inclusion? You’ve made the business case for diversity and your board understands its value. Yet your board continues to struggle to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity and inclusion. Whether you face challenges with recruiting the right talent, heightening their engagement, and/ or retaining and preparing diverse candidates for leadership roles, you know that you need to do something different to reach your diversity goals.

    We will discuss some of the structural, cultural, and emotional barriers that exist on nonprofit boards when it comes to building greater diversity among members. We will walk through the steps to break through these barriers along three dimensions for sustainable board diversity and inclusion through the highlighted examples. 


    The original version of this session was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2019. You might be interested in the The Association Conference Highlights Package: Fall 2019 which includes this recording plus four videos filmed live at the Fall Conference 2019.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.


    This webinar recording has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit. Please note that this session is NOT approved for Texas DSHS CEs.

    Rena Henderson Mason

    President, Bold Agenda

    Rena Henderson Mason, Chief Engagement Officer of Bold Agenda, a nonprofit consulting practice focused on coaching and training leaders, strategic planning, and board development. Rena has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s in Finance/International Management from Georgetown University. She is an ICF Certified coach and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

Are you Making Space for BIPOC Voices?     PodcastVideo Podcast

A Conversation with Dr. Michael Blackwell: Will your pet have access to veterinary care in 10 years?  Podcast  / Video Podcast

  • Beau Archer, CAWA, Humane Rescue Alliance, Capital Projects Administrator
  • Amanda Arrington, HSUS, Sr. Director, Pets for Life
  • Jennifer Brehler, CAWA, Humane Society of Sedona, Executive Director
  • Allison Cardona County of Los Angeles, Animal Care and Control Deputy Director
  • Shafonda Davis, CAWA , Animal Protection Society of Durham, Executive Director
  • Sterling Davis TrapKing, Founder
  • Mamadou Diakhate, City of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Executive Director
  • Gloria Dorsey, DVM, MPH, Atlanta Humane Society, Vice President of Community Education & Advocacy
  • Tracy Elliott, The Anti-Cruelty Society, President and CEO
  • Rachel Finney, CAWA, Columbus Humane, CEO
  • Jace Huggins, Front Street Animal Shelter - City of Sacramento, Chief Animal Control Officer
  • Ed Jamison, Operation Kindness, CEO
  • Johnny Jenkins, PetSmart Charities, Associate Relationship Manager
  • Joel Lopez, The ASPCA, Vice President of the ASPCA Adoption Center & Kitten Nursery
  • Shannon Martin Roebuck, Capital Humane Society, Executive Director
  • Kate Meghji, Humane Society of Vero Beach, Executive Director
  • Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting, Consultant
  • Dr. Sandra Newbury, University of Wisconsin, Program Director
  • Michael Robbins, Atlanta Humane Society, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Wade Sadler, Multnomah County Animal Services, Executive Director
  • Jose Sandoval, Latino Alliance for Animal Care Foundation, Founder
  • Brad Shear, CAWA, Board Chair, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
  • Katherine Shenar, CAWA, Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
  • Jim Tedford, CAWA, CEO & President
  • Dr. Jena Valdez, San Francisco SPCA, Director of Community Medicine
  • Aurora Velazquez, CAWA, ACCT Philly, Executive Director
  • Ana Zorrilla, CAWA, Louisiana SPCA, CEO