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Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) Hires New Chief Engagement Officer
Boston Native Kenny Lamberti: changing the faces of the animal welfare industry
Baltimore, MD. (July 13, 2021) – It’s no secret the animal welfare industry lacks diversity and equity and is not always welcoming to people of color. Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) is a nonprofit started last year to disrupt and reshape the way this nation addresses the needs of not only dogs and cats but more importantly the people across all boundaries who share their lives with them. To be successful in this important campaign, the right people need to lead the effort.
That’s why CARE is announcing the hiring of Kenny Lamberti, who comes to the Baltimore-based nonprofit from Best Friends Animal Society, where he was the Director of Grassroots Organizing. He previously was the Vice President of Companion Animals at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
It was at HSUS where he worked with James Evans, Executive Director of CARE, as they launched HSUS’ Pets for Life Program.
“Kenny Lamberti is a powerful voice for marginalized people. Kenny and I began working together more than fifteen years ago as chief architects of the Pets For Life program. Since then Kenny and I have continued to support each other’s work to help vulnerable communities and their pets. We’re beyond excited to have Kenny join the team as Chief Engagement Officer. I have no doubt Kenny will connect the right people to CARE’s work, and together we’ll redefine social justice within the Animal Welfare field,” said Evans recently.
Lamberti jumped at the opportunity. “I have finally found a true home and vehicle to use my experience, passion, and expertise to fight for people and communities that to this day still exist on the margins of the animal welfare movement.”
The Boston native has spent his entire professional career being of service. After college, he worked for more than a decade on behalf of families living in underserved communities through his work at the Head Start program, Boston Public Schools and the YMCA.
It was in those early positions when the animal lover started bringing his own dog to work and saw how it created a bridge to engage young people. While working in Boston schools, he became a dog trainer in addition to his work there and began offering free dog training in economically depressed areas of Boston.
His canine training caught the eye of animal welfare organizations, which led him to positions with the Animal Farm Foundation, HSUS, and Best Friends.
About CARE: Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity is a 501©3 nonprofit that addresses organizational and personal biases within animal welfare. The mission is to bring diverse voices to the industry while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption. CARE believes in using evidence-based tools, narratives, and insights to inspire organizations to be more inclusive and less biased. It is all an effort to save more companion animal lives. For more information go to: https://careawo.org.