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American Humane Appoints Cheryl Lesko to Senior Vice President & Chief Growth Officer

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, July 21, 2023 — Today, American Humane announced that Cheryl Lesko is being appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. Previously, Lesko served as the organization’s Chief Development Officer.

Prior to American Humane, Lesko developed the national strategy for the National 4-H Council’s agriculture platform and forged corporate partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, before leading the organization’s Individual Giving program, to support youth across the country. In other past positions at Canine Companions for Independence and The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Lesko directed and advanced major philanthropic activities across capital projects, board campaigns, planned, corporate, individual and foundation giving. She drove all fundraising communications and community relations, cultivating relationships with staff, board members and high-profile donors.

“We are so happy to announce Cheryl Lesko’s new role as American Humane’s Senior Vice President & Chief Growth Officer,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “Her proven leadership in expanding the reach and impact of nonprofit organizations, coupled with her passion for animal welfare, make her an exceptional addition to our team. With Cheryl’s expertise, we are confident in our ability to continue elevating American Humane and our mission to make the world a kinder place for animals.”

“I am excited to step into my new role at American Humane as Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer,” said Cheryl Lesko. “Animal welfare is a cause close to my heart, and I am eager to continue leveraging my career skills to strengthen American Humane’s leadership in the movement.”

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