Lauren Lipsey spent more than 12 years in the animal welfare industry leading programmatic transformation efforts and developing lifesaving initiatives that have been replicated in communities around the world. She began her career in Santiago, Chile, as the education chairperson for the volunteer-based organization Salvar a las Mascostas Abandonadas and was heavily involved in organizing the group’s spay/neuter events for street dogs and cats. After returning to the United States with her two rescued pups, she managed public relations and outreach for Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina. She facilitated the organization’s feature in the docuseries Give Me Shelter, which aired on Animal Planet and other networks around the world. She managed online fundraising and communications efforts for the Humane Society of the United States’ animal care centers and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, before ending up at the Washington Humane Society as director of rehoming. Since then, she has overseen a variety of programs, including foster, adoption and community cat programs, and has led the launch of initiatives such as the NBC Washington viewing area’s Clear the Shelters event. Most recently, while in her role as vice president of community programs at the Humane Rescue Alliance, she was the lead administrator for the DC Cat Count and a member of its governance group. Lauren has a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas and an M.S. in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology.