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Alan Heymann

Vice President, Communications

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Alan Heymann is The HSUS's Vice President of Communications. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Alan Heymann is Vice President of Communications for The HSUS.

Heymann leads the team responsible for crafting and delivering the organization's message to millions of supporters, members of the media, policymakers and the public across the United States and around the world. He manages seven departments: media relations, communications technology and marketing, content (web and print editorial, and visuals), video, Los Angeles office, communications for Humane Society International and undercover investigations. During his tenure, he has improved collaboration among these departments in serving The HSUS and its affiliated organizations. He also serves as a member of the HSUS senior management team.

A former TV reporter and anchor with WCIA-TV (Champaign and Springfield-Decatur, Ill.), field producer at WBBM-TV (Chicago, Ill.), and lawyer, Heymann brings more than 15 years of communications experience to the job. He recalls his family's membership in The HSUS when he was a child, his weekend volunteer work at an Illinois animal shelter, and his more recent advocacy on behalf of farm animals as inspiration for his current role.

Before joining The HSUS in 2013, he served as chief of external affairs at D.C. Water. In that role, he managed a team responsible for the agency's relationships with its customers, the media, the federal and local governments, and various other internal and external stakeholders. He led an acclaimed re-branding campaign, launched several social media platforms, and brought national attention to tap water and aging water infrastructure.

Heymann also served in senior communications roles for a councilmember, a mayor, and the director of the District Department of the Environment during eight years in the District of Columbia government.

A member of the bar in the District of Columbia and his native Illinois, Heymann has a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University. He shares his Maryland home with his human family and several rescued animals—including Penny, a former Puerto Rican street dog who also shares his office.

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