We are happy to announce that veteran philanthropy executive Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., has been named our new president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1, 2010. Dr. Ganzert currently serves as deputy director of philanthropic services at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.
“Robin brings an unparalleled combination of energy, professional reputation and nonprofit management ability toward achieving our mission to ensure that all children and animals are free from abuse, cruelty and neglect,” said American Humane Association chairman David Gies. “Her relationships and credentials in driving high-impact philanthropy give American Humane Association a new foundation from which to build on 133 years of achievements. We enthusiastically welcome Robin’s leadership to this historic and vitally important organization.”
Dr. Ganzert will replace interim President and CEO George C. Casey, who has guided our organization since the departure of President and CEO Marie Belew Wheatley in January. Our selection of a new leader followed an intensive nationwide search.
We reach millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. Many Americans know us through high-profile brands like “No Animals Were Harmed,”® the film and television industry’s officially sanctioned monitoring program. Also, our Farm Animal Welfare program is the force behind , the largest and fastest-growing humane farming consumer label in the world.
While not as visible to most people, our Child Welfare programs are highly regarded for innovative initiatives to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and enhance child protection systems around the country and abroad. We are a leading proponent of “differential response,” an increasingly proven approach to customizing how communities respond to individual child abuse and neglect situations by factoring in real-world considerations, including the family’s own willingness to participate in services.
“Robin represents a new era of leadership for one of the nation’s most important nonprofit organizations,” said Gies. “We are confident that she will advance a new generation of relationships and resources to support our goal of creating humane communities for all.”
At Pew, Dr. Ganzert leads a philanthropic investment team that provides advice and other strategic services for major foundations, corporations and high-net-worth individuals. Previously, she directed nonprofit business activities and high-end charitable gift planning as senior vice president and national director of philanthropic strategies with Wachovia Wealth Management, a division of Wachovia Bank, N.A. She also served as founding director of the company’s Center for Planned Giving, which provided charitable institutions with counseling and services to support holistic approaches to funding and management.
Dr. Ganzert received her B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Wake Forest University and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds five professional financial management and accounting certifications, including Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Certified in Management Accounting. She is a national trustee with the ALS Association based in Calabasas, Calif.