Alesia Soltanpanah

Executive Director
World Animal Protection U.S.

Alesia is the executive director of World Animal Protection U.S. She has over 20 years of senior nonprofit leadership experience at a variety of international and domestic nonprofit organizations, including animal welfare organizations. While at World Animal Protection, she has added a campaign in the U.S. to protect exotic pets and a campaign to end factory farming.

Prior to her work at World Animal Protection, Alesia was executive director of VIBS, an agency that helped victims of violence and abuse. While there, she doubled the number of clients served and added a domestic violence law program, human trafficking and pet therapy program.

Alesia has also served in executive level development, communications and marketing roles in NYC at the Ms. Foundation for Women and Safe Horizon. She served as VP of development and marketing at Bideawee and at North Shore Animal League, where she increased awareness and revenue for both organizations through national marketing campaigns that brought awareness to the plight of homeless dogs and cats.

Prior to working in animal welfare, Alesia was AVP of direct marketing at Save the Children.

Alesia holds an MBA in management from Golden Gate University in California and a B.A. in political science from California State University, Sacramento.

Session: World Animal Protection: How the Exotic Pet Trade is Decimating Wild Animals, African Grey

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