President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization with millions of supporters, an annual revenue of $130 million, and assets of more than $200 million.
Pacelle's work on animal issues has been featured in thousands of newspapers and magazines across the country. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on almost all of the major network television programs -– including The Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America and ABC's Primetime Live. Pacelle blogs daily at Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation. Pacelle is the author of the best-selling book “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” which published in April 2011 by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins.
In 2008, The Los Angeles Times reported, "Pacelle has retooled a venerable organization seen as a mild-mannered protector of dogs and cats into an aggressive interest group flexing muscle in state legislatures and courtrooms." In 2007, The New York Times reported, "The arrival of Wayne Pacelle as head of the Humane Society in 2004 both turbo-charged the farm animal welfare movement and gave it a sheen of respectability." In 2008, Supermarket News included Pacelle on its annual Power 50 list of influential individuals in food marketing, writing that "there's no denying his growing influence on how animal agriculture is practiced in the United States."
Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Times' "Executives of the Year" in 2005 for his leadership in responding to the needs of animals affected by the Gulf hurricanes. The NonProfit Times named Pacelle to its annual Power and Influence Top 50 nonprofit executives annually from 2008-1015.
Pacelle received his B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment from Yale University in 1987.