ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker (right) evacuates an animal with Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA's Field Investigations & Response team, during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
We are very excited to announce that on June 1 our new President and CEO, Matthew Bershadker, is officially taking the helm. Matt has been with the ASPCA for 12 years and most recently served as Senior Vice President of our Anti-Cruelty Group.
Matt is succeeding Ed Sayres, who expanded the ASPCA’s reach by leaps and bounds during his ten-year tenure and changed the fate of millions of homeless animals. We are immensely grateful for Ed’s service to the organization and the animals who count on us.
Under Matt’s leadership, the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group has established a new national standard for responding to animal cruelty cases and natural disasters. He helped form the Field Investigations & Response team to provide skilled support to state and federal agencies during large-scale puppy mill busts, dog fighting raids, animal hoarding cases, and other instances of animal cruelty, as well as natural disasters like the tornado in Joplin and Hurricane Sandy.
Matt has been instrumental in the creation of the ASPCA’s new Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, the first-ever facility dedicated to the behavioral rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty. During Matt’s tenure, the ASPCA also launched the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program, a ground-breaking effort to help protect companion animals that are in danger of potential abuse or neglect, and the No Pet Store Puppies and Farm Animal Welfare campaigns to crack down on puppy mills and vastly improve protections afforded to our country’s farm animals.
In May, when the appointment was announced, ASPCA Board Chair Tim F. Wray said Matt’s “extensive experience, energy and unwavering commitment to animal welfare, coupled with his strong understanding of business management and the non-profit world, make him the ideal leader for the organization as we pursue our mission.”
“I am thrilled to serve the ASPCA, its members and the many communities around the country where we play a vital role,” Matt said. “We have made significant strides on behalf of animals around the country, but there is much more to do.” He added that he looks forward to developing new initiatives “to take animal welfare to the next level.”
Matt lives in New York City with his wife, Nina, son Elias and their dog, Thelma. Please join us as we issue a warm welcome to our new President and CEO!