Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.

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Location: Washington, DC
Founded: 1877
Industry: Nonprofit

Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.
President and CEO

American Humane Association

The American Humane Association (AHA) has five key program areas, joined by a mission to provide a more humane world for children and animals. In 2016, the nonprofit’s Red Star Rescue team is celebrating its 100th anniversary. “[During] World War I, we were asked by the Secretary of War to care for the horses used in the European theater, and at one point, we were caring for 68,000 horses a month,” says president and CEO Robin R. Ganzert. “Since then, the Red Star Rescue team has deployed to some of the nation’s most trying natural and manmade disasters” to save animals.

Fun Fact: The annual AHA Hero Dog Awards contest, honoring America’s bravest canine heroes, airs on the Hallmark Channel.

It’s not the only program with a long history at AHA. In 2015, the No Animals Were Harmed program celebrated its 75th anniversary of protecting animals on television and film sets. “Since 1940, we have protected millions of animal stars on thousands of productions around the world, including 2015’s top-grossing films Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron,” says Ganzert.

Ganzert was named to her position in 2010, and proceeded to institute changes that led to significant program and revenue growth for AHA. “Under my leadership, the number of lives touched through direct-service programs increased by several hundred percent, and revenues increased by more than half,” she says. In addition, the AHA has earned a number of awards during Ganzert’s tenure, such as the Independent Charities of America’s “Seal of Excellence.”