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Lisa LaFontaine

President & CEO with Lila

Lisa LaFontaine joined the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in August of 2007 as the President and Chief Executive Officer, crafting a solid, forward-thinking vision for the future of the organization as a progressive animal welfare agency. She brings to WHS extensive leadership and strategic capability in the field, and her experience heading a successful capital campaign that resulted in a state of the art animal welfare facility and an expanded endowment fund for her prior organization. This success continues in her work at WHS as Lisa has significantly increased the live release rates for animals, which is among the highest in the country; advocates for greater animal protection through programs and changes in law; and develops innovative programs and builds relationships with the DC community on behalf of our many animals in need. Under her leadership, the organization is poised to begin a capital campaign to build a  modern new facility that will transform the organization into a Community Animal Care and Education Center. Lisa and her husband Matt Kayhoe share their home with their four legged family that includes, dog Guinevere; cats Crystal, Gregory Xavier Pibb, and Harold; and an ever rotating and always welcomed family of foster animals. Lisa serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Federation of Humane Societies and the Vice Chairman of the DC Board of Veterinary Examiners.

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