October 20, 2015 – Reisterstown, MD – Baltimore Humane Society is pleased to announce that Brad Powers is assuming the role of Executive Director of its private, non-profit, no-kill shelter in Reisterstown.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of Baltimore Humane Society, I am delighted to welcome Brad Powers as the new executive director,” said Russell Ashton, Board President. “His wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership in serving the animal welfare world will help our no-kill shelter move forward in its mission to provide a temporary, safe home for unwanted and homeless animals while also further building our community programs and advancing the humane treatment of animals through public education.“
Having served since 2011 as part of the leadership team for one of the Midwest’s largest open admission municipal shelters, Brad brings to BHS extensive leadership and program development experience. He has helped implement groundbreaking programs that drastically improve the quality of life and path to adoption for thousands of animals in the Midwest, presided over a large scale shelter reconstruction project, and fostered collaborations with community partners to improve services and resources for pets and pet owners.
Brad is also an attorney with a background in animal law and legislative reform. A pet owner his entire life, Brad began fighting for the rights of animals in 2008 while serving as a prosecuting clerk for the City of Chicago Department of Law. Since then, he has lectured law students and contributed to national publications on a variety of animal law and welfare issues. As an Illinois Animal Welfare Federation board member and Chicago Area Shelter Alliance agency representative, he has provided input on multiple state and local legislative proposals that have helped Illinois earn the distinction as the state with the nation’s best animal protection laws.
“I am excited to continue the work of this wonderful organization’s 90 year history and add to its legacy as a pivotal partner in the community and animal welfare world,” says Powers.
Powers was raised the son of a 30 year veteran of the United States Army and has lived all over the world.
With strong family ties to Maryland, Brad is very excited to relocate home with his partner Tara, their twelve year old Jack Russell Terrier, Saidey, and their two year old shelter mix, Pippin.