Lipp Steps in as FAAS Acting Director

Courtesy photo  John Lipp takes a moment with the grand duke of his household, Rex the Cat.

Lipp Steps in as FAAS Acting Director


John L. Lipp is settling in to his new job as acting director at Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). Lipp stepped in to replace Nancy Baglietto who resigned from her position as FAAS’ director on March 18 to take a position in Grass Valley (“Shelter’s Executive Director to Step Down,” March 16). Lipp resigned from FAAS’ board of directors and accepted the position as the organization’s acting director. He began working on Monday, March 27. 

Lipp served as president and CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. He had been sitting on the FAAS board since 2011. He has also sat as a board member and served as board president for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. When he accepted the position at FAAS, Lipp was working as the executive director at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that supports abused and neglected children. 

He is a nationally known leader in the nonprofit sector with comprehensive experience in fundraising, executive leadership and transition, governance, community engagement and program development. 

He has worked with a variety of organizations over the past 28 years and has served as a trainer and keynote speaker for local, national and international audiences. His book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, was published in October 2009 by Alpha/Penguin. In 2015, he was a featured contributor to the anthology Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World from Jossey-Bass

John served as a member of the faculty for San Jose State University’s Continuing Education Program in Nonprofit Management for more than 10 years and was also an instructor for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco. John and his husband Peter share their Alameda home with two wonderful rescues, their pup Lucy, and the grand duke of the house, their kitty Rex.