by Kimberly Wade
If you’ve followed us at all over the last year, you know we’ve been searching hard for a new CEO. Someone that would help take us to the next level, understand our long-term mission of a no-kill Nevada, and someone with plenty of experience. Well, it’s time to let you know that we’ve adopted a new leader… Kiska Icard!
Kiska is an experienced animal welfare professional with over 20 years of experience leading Bay Area non-profit organizations. She has proven expertise, demonstrated ability of fundraising, and has a desire to be innovative, progressive, and collaborative. Her past roles include Executive Director at Sonoma Humane Society and Director of Programs at the San Francisco SPCA.
“Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working under and with the founders and visionaries of the no-kill movement. I’ve worked in San Francisco’s inner city and Sonoma’s vast agriculture community. While communities vary, the common element that I’ve found in fulfilling our critical mission is that we are all helping people in order to help animals,” she says. “For nearly a decade I’ve watched how you have created a safe-haven for all animals in Northern Nevada. I am honored to continue to build upon the strong lifesaving framework that you have already achieved and take Nevada Humane Society into the future towards a lifesaving state.”
The President of our Board of Directors, Tierra Bonaldi, states, “After a long, thorough, nationwide search, we are thrilled and feel very fortunate to have found such an incredible person as Kiska to lead our organization. She is not only extremely experienced, but smart, thoughtful, passionate and enthusiastic and we are confident she will work with the entire community to ensure northern Nevada is the safest place for homeless pets and continue to elevate Nevada Humane Society to be the model shelter it is recognized for nationwide.”
As we continue to strengthen relationships within Washoe County and Carson City, and extend our reach throughout more of Nevada, it’s important to have someone as our leader that will continue to make a difference. We are excited. Our staff, our volunteers, our animals—we’re ready for change that will lead to even bigger and better. We welcome her to the family, and we hope that you do, too.