For Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association since late 2010, leading the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to the protection of animals and children provides the opportunity to leverage a lifetime in philanthropic thought leadership on behalf of her twin passions as a mom and lifelong animal-lover.
Utilizing the insights she gained as deputy director of the prestigious Pew Charitable Trusts and, prior to that, as Wachovia’s national director of philanthropic strategies, she has brought visionary leadership and a renewed vibrancy to the 134-year-old American Humane Association.
Under her leadership, American Humane Association has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” by CharityWatch and achieved the prestigious “Gold Level” charity designation from GuideStar. She has grown the number of farm animals protected by American Humane Association’s “Humane Heartland” program by over 900%, now certifying more than 1 billion farm animals — about 10 percent of the nation’s entire livestock production.
She has overseen American Humane Association’s legendary “Red Star® Rescue” efforts following the devastation in Fukushima, Japan, in the Northeast following Superstorm Sandy and in Moore, Oklahoma following the outbreak of EF-5 tornadoes.
A familiar face to millions of Americans from her frequent TV appearances and the highly-watched Hallmark Channel’s “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards,” she also hosts her own radio show, “Be Humane™ with Dr. Robin Ganzert,” which mixes practical expert pet advice with guest appearances by some of America’s best-known pet lovers from the movies, music and sports.
Her second book, “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors”, will be released in September, 2014. She authored the foreword of “Animals and the Kids Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Hope, Healing and Compassion.”
Meanwhile, the Association’s best known program, the “No Animals Were Harmed®” animals in entertainment certification, which appears during the end credits of films and TV shows, today monitors more than 1,000 productions yearly with over 3,400 production days with an outstanding safety record.
Most recently, Dr. Ganzert spearheaded a groundbreaking clinical trial that hopes to provide scientific substantiation for animal-assisted therapy (AAT) in the treatment of children with cancer and their families. The trial is now underway at five pediatric cancer hospitals across the nation.
A graduate of Wake Forest University with undergraduate degrees in business and accounting and a Masters in Business Administration, she served as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration at the university’s Babcock School of Business while pursuing her doctorate in higher education finance.
Robin has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC World News Tonight, Fox and Friends, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren as well as other local and national television programs. She has been a guest on The Diane Rehm Show, Sean Hannity’s radio show and many other radio programs. Robin has written for or been quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Foxnews.com, USA Today, Fast Company, Boston Globe, The Tennessean and other news outlets.
She and her husband Bart reside in North Carolina, and are the proud parents of three children. Additional members of the family include the Ganzert’s dogs, Gatsby, Daisy and Chas, as well as feline family members Rosebud, Poochie and Cedes.