Deputy Chief of Philanthropy
Stephanie Muller-Simpson has been working in animal sheltering since 2005, when she took a part-time animal care attendant position which led her to a career dedicated to saving animals. Her experience working in every type of animal department gives her a unique perspective as an animal sheltering leader. Over the last 17 years, Stephanie has worked to increase the number of lives saved at shelters all across the country. Beginning in late 2017 as executive director of a Chicago-area shelter, she led the organization to exponential growth in all measurable areas, avoiding the shelter closure that had been expected prior to her hire and implementing strategic and sustainable solutions for long-term success. In 2019, she was awarded a highly competitive, year-long executive leadership fellowship through Maddie's Fund®, where she worked alongside Dr. Ellen Jefferson at Austin Pets Alive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she consulted for animal welfare organizations nationwide that needed support in building programs and resources to increase the impact of their missions. In 2021, Stephanie returned to Austin Pets Alive, where she currently serves as the deputy chief of philanthropy and directs the efforts to fund APA’s local and regional operations, which continue to drive lifesaving innovation in animal welfare. When not spending time with her adopted cats, she volunteers with several animal welfare organizations and also sits on the board of directors at Austin Farm Sanctuary, a farmed animal rescue organization located just outside of the city she now calls home.