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Laura Maloney Joins The HSUS as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON — Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle has appointed nationally known animal advocate Laura Maloney as chief of staff.

“Laura Maloney is a remarkable leader in the field of animal protection, and I am thrilled that she will have such a prominent role at The Humane Society of the United States,” said Pacelle. “I’ve worked alongside Laura in Louisiana during the effort to rescue animals following Hurricane Katrina, and in the battle to outlaw cockfighting in the state, and I have seen her excel in all the areas where’s she focused her attentions. We are an enormously complex organization, and I know she’ll help us make it run even better.”

The newly created chief of staff position will enable Maloney to work closely with HSUS executives, staff, partner organizations, board and constituents as the organization drives programs forward.

Maloney has achieved a broad and distinguished career in animal welfare, and is well regarded for advancing the mission through strengthening organizational competency, strategic positioning, and internal/external partnership development. Maloney has held leadership positions with the ASPCA®, Wildlife Conservation Society, San Diego Humane Society, Louisiana SPCA and other organizations.

Maloney served as CEO of the Louisiana SPCA when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, and she has earned national recognition for leading and rebuilding the LA/SPCA through the nation’s greatest animal disaster.

Author Douglas Brinkley lauded Maloney’s work in his bestselling book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” She also lobbied for the successful passage of major statewide legislative initiatives and managed high-profile cases against dogfighters.

Maloney’s accomplishments with nonprofits, government officials, and corporate leaders have earned her numerous awards such as the 2005 New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year; the 2004 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Tulane University; the 2005 ASPCA® Presidential Service Award; Gambit’s 2004 and 2005 New Orleans Best Community/Environmental Activists; and New Orleans’ Young Leadership Council Role Model, among others. 

She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. She and her husband, Dan, have two dogs.

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