Senior Director - Regional Programs
Marc Peralta is the senior director of national mission advancement for Best Friends. He brings together the organizations newest initiatives and aligns all things related to developing the knowledge and capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in lifesaving in order to empower them to achieve nokill in their own backyard. This includes shelter outreach, mentorship, future staffembedding programs, community cat programs, nokill leadership training, and emergency response training and operations. Prior to this position, Marc served as the senior director of regional programs for a year overseeing the foundation of building out and expanding our strategy, partnerships and programming in the key Southeast and MidAtlantic regions. Before that, Marc served as the executive director for Best Friends in Los Angeles for five years. In 2011, Los Angeles was struggling to save just over half of the cats and dogs entering city shelters. Because of Marcs and Best Friends leadership, L.A. is on track to reach a 90 percent save rate, the threshold for designation as a nokill city. Marcs duties as executive director included operations for the Best Friends Pet Adoption and SpayNeuter Center in Mission Hills, California, and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, as well as leadership of the NKLA Coalition, which comprises more than 140 animal welfare organizations. Marc has 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. He was directly responsible for seven statewide facilities, animal control responsibilities for the city of Philadelphia and statewide humane law enforcement for the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties at the PSPCA, Marc was 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. In Reno, he helped to bring Washoe County to nokill status in 2008.