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Holly Hazard

Senior Vice President, Programs & Innovations

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Holly Hazard is The HSUS's Senior Vice President of Programs and Innovations. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Holly Hazard is the Senior Vice President of Programs and Innovations for The Humane Society of the United States, where she is responsible for all of the organization's largest departments, including companion animals, wildlife, horses, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

She is also responsible for developing new programs using entrepreneurial and alternative non-profit models.

Hazard's duties include representing the dozens of programs she manages for The HSUS to the media, regulatory agencies, and state and local legislative bodies. 

She works with state and local HSUS representatives, animal welfare groups, constituents, and law enforcement professionals to enact and enforce animal protection legislation.

She is also responsible for developing and maintaining donor and corporate relations and for administering foundation grants to develop a wild horse contraception program. Hazard serves on the executive management team of advisers to the CEO, the board of the Doris Day Animal League, and on the board of the Wildlife Land Trust.

Currently, Hazard teaches an Animal Law seminar as an adjunct professor of Law at the College of William and Mary for upper-level law students at the Marshall Wythe School of Law. In her seminars, Hazard reviews and discusses the major areas of law related to animals, as well as constitutional principles that affect reform. She also reviews current cases and controversies and engages students in the options available to citizen lawyers for leading social reform.

From 1987 to 2006, Hazard served as the executive director of the Doris Day Animal League, a national lobbying organization with 330,000 members and supporters. In addition, she served as the executive director of the League's sister organization, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which focuses on humane education and promoting spay/neuter to control pet overpopulation. In 1986 she co-founded the law firm Galvin, Stanley & Hazard, which was featured in the National Law Journal in the spring of 1990 for its work in public-interest, animal-protection law.

From 1999 to 2005, Hazard served as vice president of Geese Peace, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization promoting effective, humane solutions to wildlife conflicts that strengthen communities. She has served on the board of the Washington Humane Society for more than twenty years.

Hazard studied economics at Ohio University and received her law degree from the College of William and Mary.

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