The Humane Society of the United States welcomes Susan Atherton to its board of directors. Atherton is an independent philanthropist and long-time advocate for animals at the local, national and global level.

Atherton has extensive experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors and is passionate about helping all animals. She was deeply moved after accompanying the Humane Society International rescue team on the closure of a dog meat farm in South Korea in 2017, and joined the board of directors for the international affiliate shortly after. She has also served as vice chair of the board of directors of the Humane Society Legislative Fund since 2007. She is vice chair of the board of directors of the San Francisco SPCA and is also chair of the board of trustees of the University of California, Riverside Foundation.

Previously, Atherton served as chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area, co-chairing one of the chapter’s most successful gala events in 2013. She is a recipient of the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence, Revenue Generation and the American Red Cross Harriman Award, which is the highest award given to a volunteer within the organization.

I’m excited to have Susan joining our board,” says Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and president of Humane Society International. “Having worked closely with her in my capacity as president of Humane Society International I’ve seen firsthand the value and commitment that she brings, and I look forward to continuing to work together on both national and international issues facing animals.”

Atherton served in executive management positions in the enterprise software and cloud computing industries for 25 years, working at NCR Corporation, GE Information Systems, Oracle Corporation, Rightpoint and DoubleClick. She holds degrees in economics from the University of California, Riverside. She lives in San Francisco with her adopted dog Simba, who was rescued from a puppy mill.

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