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Mar 30, 2023

Leslie Dalzell named as the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s New CEO

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The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County’s (HSTPC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Dalzell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2023.

Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.

Before joining HSTPC, she gained broad experience in finance and accounting functions (budgeting, forecasting, auditing, strategic financial management) and property management in the private military sector. She honed her skills and provided leadership in performance systems, continuous improvement of processes, and employee and team motivation.

Since joining HSTPC in 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer, Leslie has continued to develop and expand her accounting and finance talents while providing oversight to information technology, facilities, and assisting in the direction and leadership of all departments as a member of the shelter’s executive team.

Leslie has been serving admirably as Interim CEO since early October 2022 while establishing productive relationships in the statewide animal welfare community beyond the shelter. She is a Fear Free certified professional and a Pet Alliance of Washington member.

“Serving as the Interim CEO over the last several months has been an honor and privilege. Our team’s dedication and openness to implementing animal welfare best practices have allowed us to achieve so much during this period of impact and growth. Our focus will continue to be centered around the well-being of our staff, volunteers, the pets we serve, and the people who love them. I look forward to sharing our strategic plans for this new era of our shelter with all of you in the coming months.”

– Leslie Dalzell

Please join us in congratulating Leslie on her new appointment as CEO. We are profoundly grateful to Leslie for her leadership over the last six months, and HSTPC couldn’t be luckier to already have her on our team. We also want to thank our volunteers, donors, and communities for steadfastly supporting our lifesaving work.


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