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Jill Tucker, CAWA

(with Becca & Ryder)

Jill Tucker is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and has been involved in the field of animal welfare since 2002, serving as the CEO of CalAnimals since March of 2019. Throughout her career, her strong leadership skills have enabled her to facilitate growth, collaboration, and financial turnarounds, while maximizing impact for the animals.


Prior to joining CalAnimals, Ms. Tucker served as the Executive Director of Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, CA where she led a facility expansion, a merger with the North County Humane Society in Atascadero, and the opening of SLO County’s first public spay and neuter clinic. During this time, the organization also more than tripled its lifesaving capacity by dramatically increasing animal intakes and adoptions. 


Previously, she held the position of Executive Director at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, where she spearheaded rapid growth and the completion of the organization’s multi-million dollar campaign for its new, larger shelter.


Ms. Tucker holds a BS in Business Administration, has worked as a consultant for the Humane Society of the United States and the Vermont Humane Federation to build a statewide animal cruelty response system, and previously acted as Executive Director of the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury, Vermont.


“It is a true honor to serve in this leadership role for CalAnimals,” says Tucker.  “Building upon a long history of tireless advocacy for animals, this important statewide organization has tremendous potential to foster greater collaboration and offer outstanding support for both public and private animal welfare agencies. California is home to some of the best and brightest leaders in the field and there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.”


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