September 21, 2021

On behalf of the Animal Protective Foundation Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that
Joe Lisella has accepted our offer to become the new APF Executive Director. Joe joins us from Marin
Humane in Novato, California, where he has been a member of the executive team since 2013. His
efforts in securing philanthropic support for the organization allowed Marin Humane to initiate
innovative programs and redefine how resources are leveraged so guardians keep their animals, rather
than surrendering them to shelters. This support also enabled Marin Humane to acquire California’s
largest foster-based rescue group, greatly enhancing the organization’s goal of ending pet homelessness
in the Bay Area by 2030.

Marin Humane’s major emphasis on cross training has provided Joe with the strong knowledge
necessary to lead. He served on board committees including finance, strategic planning, development,
advocacy, and others. He is also one of only 207 Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA)
worldwide and was on the committee that developed the current exam. In addition, Joe serves on the
national conference planning committee and is California’s regional representative for the Association
for Animal Welfare Advancement. We are excited to have Joe as our new Executive Director as the APF
completes its 90th year helping the companion animals in our community. He is in the process of
relocating to the area and will start at the end of October.


Otto Zamek
President, APF Board of Directors