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Laura Maloney

Chief Operating Officer

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Laura Maloney is The HSUS's Chief Operating Officer. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Laura Maloney drives organizational alignment with a keen focus on fusing business and management practices to advance The HSUS's ambitious animal protection agenda. 

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Maloney oversees essential shared services—including strategy and planning, administration, security, conferences and events, facilities, volunteer/intern management, and human capital and development—which support the work of close to 600 employees in the U.S. and abroad. 

She is also responsible for The HSUS's five animal care facilities:

Maloney's work has centered on wildlife conservation, advocacy, and the welfare of animals. Her experience transforming organizations and programs has earned her leadership positions in such diverse locales as New York City, New Orleans, and Melbourne, Australia. 

Before joining The HSUS, Maloney held a number of leadership roles, including chief executive officer for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, senior vice president for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and assistant director for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo, among others. She has worked alongside indigenous children in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil and with scientists promoting the biology and needs of right whales in Argentina.

Maloney's work with nonprofits, federal/state/local government officials, and corporate leaders has earned her awards such as the 2005 New Orleans City Business Woman of the Year; the 2004 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Tulane University (ranked as one of the top U.S. entrepreneurship programs by Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review); the 2005 ASPCA Presidential Service Award; the 2003 and 2005 top New Orleans Best Community/Environmental Activists; the 2006 Top 10 Female Achievers by New Orleans Magazine, and New Orleans' Young Leadership Council Role Model, among others. 

Maloney holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from West Virginia University. Maloney shares her home with three rats, a dog, and a husband who shares her love of animals.

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