The Humane Society of the United States announces the election of Marsha Perelman to its board of directors. Perelman is chair of the Franklin Institute and a director of Penn Virginia Corporation, PVR Partners, L.P., and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.  She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board.

Perelman graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in city planning. Her career began at Buckeye Pipe Line Company, and she soon became co-founder and vice president of Clearfield Energy.

Perelman is a political advocate for animal protection legislation in Pennsylvania and active in local animal rescue. She is also the former board chair for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and former vice chair, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Zoo.

Perelman said she’s excited to get involved with issues such as The HSUS’ puppy mills campaign, farm animal welfare and efforts to end canned hunts. Her term on the board will last three years.

The HSUS board of directors is made up of 27 dedicated and influential leaders charged with oversight of the largest animal protection organization in the country.