Marc Peralta, executive director for Best Friends Animal Society–Los Angeles

Marc Peralta is the executive director for Best Friends Animal Society–Los Angeles where he heads up Best Friends program operations in Los Angeles. In 2011, Los Angeles was struggling to save just over half of the cats and dogs entering city shelters, and under Marc and Best Friends’ leadership, L.A. is on target to meet the threshold of a no-kill city, reaching a 90 percent save rate by the end of 2017. Marc’s duties as executive director specifically include the operations for the Best Friends' Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, California, the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angles as well as leading the 119 group and growing NKLA coalition.

Marc also served as vice president and chief operating officer as well as interim CEO at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In addition to his duties at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Marc also served as a member of the board of directors for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia. Prior to the PSPCA, Marc worked in animal care manager roles at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, Nevada and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, Colorado.