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John Grandy, Ph.D.

Wildlife Counselor to the President and CEO

The Humane Society of the United States

  • John Grandy is The HSUS's Wildlife Counselor to the President and CEO. David Paul Morris

John Grandy is The HSUS's Wildlife Counselor to the President and CEO. In 2013, he also became Executive Director of the Pegasus Foundation.

In his role, Grandy advises The HSUS's senior staff members and works on wildlife issues in collaboration with other colleagues within The HSUS, Humane Society International, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, among other affiliates.

His duties include working on such issues as wildlife contraception and its applications, The HSUS's Protect Seals and seafood boycott campaign, the protection of mute swans in a number of states, The HSUS’s efforts to reform the USDA’s Wildlife Services and its predator control programs, select activities focusing on national wildlife refuges, the protection of sharks and the promotion of Shark Free Marinas, an assortment of Wildlife Land Trust projects, and other initiatives.

Previously The HSUS's Senior Vice President for Wildlife and Habitat Protection, Grandy helped make wildlife protection a core value and program focus of the humane movement. He developed the Cape Wildlife Center, a facility on Cape Cod that provides veterinary care for thousands of wild animals each year and educational information for the community. He initiated HSUS efforts on behalf of wildlife habitat by creating and guiding the development of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Under Grandy's leadership, The HSUS launched a major campaign to end the annual Canadian seal hunt. In conjunction with Respect for Animals in the UK and the Bellerive Foundation in Switzerland, he organized the Fur Free Alliance as a 501(c)(3) operation. Grandy is a founder of the Species Survival Network (SSN), president of the Monitor Consortium, founding member and member of the global Fur Free Alliance and a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Antarctic and Southern Oceans Coalition. 

Grandy is particularly proud of his successful legal efforts and policy initiatives on behalf of persecuted species such as bobcats, lynx, ravens, box turtles, elephants, snow geese, sea gulls, crows, and waterfowl--particularly black ducks.

He formerly served as chief executive officer and executive vice president at the Defenders of Wildlife, as staff member and chief assistant to the senior scientist at the President's Council on Environmental Quality, and as administrative assistant to the president for wildlife at the National Parks and Conservation Association. He also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland and at the Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Grandy received a doctorate in wildlife ecology and management from the University of Massachusetts in 1972, a master's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts in 1968, and a bachelor's degree in forestry and wildlife management from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1966.

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