Karen Gallardo with a dogKaren Gallardo, CFRE, CAP®
Director of planned giving, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.

I've been in fundraising for almost 25 years and have had the privilege of working for great causes. I've been an animal lover since childhood — adopting dogs and rescuing birds and other animals. When I learned that a position at Best Friends was available and I could work from my home in Virginia, I jumped at the opportunity. Since joining Best Friends in 2014, I've met the most wonderful supporters. One of the favorite parts of my job is learning about our supporters, their animal families and the impact they have made and want to make in the lives of homeless pets.

I live in Arlington, Virginia, with my husband and two terriers, Bogey and Mulligan.