Director, National Shelter Embed Programming
Michelle Logan is Best Friends’ Director of National Shelter Embed Programming and specializes in designing and implementing programs to help shelters save more lives. Through the embed program, Michelle oversees placement of expert Best Friends team members to work alongside staff in shelters where lifesaving needs are the greatest. Michelle also collaborates with staff at shelters across the country to provide customized support through shelter operations assessments and professional development and training. Prior to joining Best Friends, Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Rhode Island and was part of the lifesaving team at Smithtown Animal Shelter in New York, where she filled a number of animal care and shelter operations roles. In 2006, Michelle came to Best Friends, where she served as Dogtown Manager at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and as Operations Manager for the Best Friends Network, overseeing the strategic vision of the network and the team of regional specialists. Michelle’s work at Best Friends gives her unique insight into the critical roles that different team members can play at shelters around the country. From hands-on work like scrubbing kennels and working with dogs with behavioral challenges to leading trainings on progressive programming and pioneering a mentorship program for shelter partners, Michelle is the quintessential animal welfare chameleon, assuming various roles as needed to best support team members and save the most lives. The celebrated recipient of the “Energizer Bunny” award at Bridgeway Connections for her tireless work on behalf of her own community, Michelle now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her two rescued dogs and two former community cats.