Steven Feldman’s love of animals and his curiosity about science led him to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), where he gets to explore all of the ways that pets and people are good for each other. As leader of the only research organization solely focused on the human-animal bond, he has developed significant expertise in communicating the science of human-animal interaction and its practical application in society. He is frequently published and quoted on this topic, and he is a co-author of the Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy. He also serves as liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Association steering committee on human-animal interaction, developing resources to help strengthen the human-animal bond.
He is an experienced nonprofit executive, strategist and coalition builder with a deep understanding of the policymaking process. Prior to joining HABRI, Steven helped lead the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, growing the organization, serving as the national spokesman for zoos and aquariums, and developing significant expertise in wildlife conservation and animal welfare. Prior to this, he worked at Powell Tate, a leading public affairs firm, where he served as a counselor to numerous Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a staff member in the U. S. Senate, working for the chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University. He has a dog named Scout, a cat named Winifred and a wife and two children.