Tuesday morning, officials with the Humane Society of El Paso announced Deb Benedict as the organizations new CEO.
According to officials, Benedict will bring 25 years of experience in the development, implementation and oversight of non-profit organizations as she joins the Humane Society of El Paso as CEO
“The Board of Directors undertook a meticulous search lasting almost a year to find the right candidate to lead our organization and its important work into its next chapter,” said Elke Cumming, President of the Board of Directors. “That search lead us to one of the most trusted and well-respected figures who has a demonstrated track record of success in our community. We’re all eager to welcome Deb to the Humane Society of El Paso and are eager to support her as she builds upon her sterling legacy of leadership.”
Benedict comes to the Humane Society of El Paso from the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence where she served as Grants Compliance Officer. She also served as Executive Director of Sexual Trauma & Assault Response Services (STARS).
Additionally, Benedict is a certified BoardSource facilitator and has extensive experience in organizational assessment and agency restructuring, fiscal management, strategic planning and leadership development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
In addition to providing leadership to nonprofit organizations in El Paso, Benedict has been an active volunteer with local organizations.
She has been involved with include the El Paso Community Foundation (Border AIDS Partnership), El Paso Holocaust Museum Foundation, Kaiser Foundation-Texas Health Initiatives, National AIDS Fund, Paso del Norte Health Foundation – United Way REALIZE Project and the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region.
She has been a proud foster parent to many bottle-fed kittens, and is the proud mom of Sophie, a mastiff mix colonia dog from Agua Dulce in Far East El Paso County.