FAAS Finds New ED for Shelter

Nancy S. Baglietto Courtesy photo

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has selected Nancy S. Baglietto as its new executive director. Baglietto is currently the director of operations, programs and development of the Regional Parks Foundation. The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District.

Baglietto will start her new job at the Animal Shelter at the end of January. She replaces Mim Carlson, who is leaving after shepherding the shelter through a three-year transition from a municipal shelter run by the Alameda Police Department (APD) to an independent nonprofit operating under contract with the city.

Baglietto has been with the Regional Parks Foundation for 12 years. She started as development director before taking over her current role in 2011. Her fundraising efforts have netted the organization an average of $1.4 million a year.

Her previous experience has all been in nonprofit fundraising for such organizations as Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland and the Shelter Network of San Mateo. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UC Davis and a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on nonprofit management and administration from San Jose State University.

"The FAAS board of directors felt that Nancy’s proven strong non-profit leadership, development and fundraising skills as well as her passion for animal welfare made her a perfect fit for FAAS and will help the organization move ahead in the future," said FAAS board president Nancy Evans.

The city transferred responsibility for the shelter from APD to the nonprofit FAAS in January 2012. The city contracts with FAAS to run the shelter, providing about half the operating budget and renting the building to FAAS for $1 per year. FAAS raises funds in the community to pay for the balance of operating costs.

"It was part of the plan since the beginning for Mim to stay just long enough to stabilize the shelter and establish protocols for day-to-day operations," said Evans. "She’s done an incredible job in less time than any of us anticipated and leaves us in a perfect place to take the next steps in our evolution."

During Carlson’s tenure, the shelter has increased adoptions more than 20 percent, reduced the euthanasia rate from 24 percent to 3 percent by limiting its use to cases of severe medical or behavioral issues, revamped and expanded the volunteer program and created a number of new programs to improve the animals’ experience at the shelter and prepare them medically and
behaviorally for adoption.

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