Kerri Burns Named Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Humane Society

Kerri Burns Named Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Humane Society
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Following a nation-wide search, the Santa Barbara Humane Society is pleased to announce that Kerri Burns has been selected as Executive Director and will begin her new position February 19, 2018.

Kerri most recently was Interim Executive Director for the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. Prior to joining Tree House, she served as President of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and earlier was Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson. She previously managed Animal Emergency Services Programs for the American Humane Association, assisting animals through some of the nation’s greatest animal disasters. Well regarded for advancing private-nonprofit partnerships, Kerri also managed charitable giving for Petsmart Charities. Additionally, Kerri was recognized with the American Humane Association’s Dennis White Award for her educational outreach on a variety of animal welfare topics.

The Santa Barbara Humane Society Board of Directors formed a dedicated Search Committee and retained the services of Noetic Executive Search to help identify the best candidates. Noetic is a national search and consulting firm, specializing in finding leaders in the nonprofit sector. Its clients include animal welfare organizations, cultural institutions, foundations, and human service groups, among others.

About Santa Barbara Humane Society
The Santa Barbara Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats while we actively seek forever homes for them. The Society serves the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, and professional inspection and emergency response services. Visit, see Facebook and Instagram, or call (805) 964-4777.

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