FAAS Executive Director Resigns


Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) executive director Nancy S. Baglietto has announced she will step down from her post on March 24.

Nancy joined Alameda's animal shelter as executive director in February 2015. She brought to FAAS more than 20 years of experience serving as an executive leader or as an independent fundraising consultant for Bay Area nonprofits, including Shelter Network of San Mateo County, the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Legal Assistance for Seniors, Poplar Re-Care, and the San Mateo County Office on Homelessness. Before joining FAAS she was director of operations, programs and development for the Regional Parks Foundation, a sole-purpose foundation that supports the East Bay Regional Park District. She earned her master's degree in social work with an emphasis on nonprofit management from San Jose State University.

During her tenure, Nancy oversaw many improvements ranging from the completion of a comprehensive organizational assessment to increased private fundraising. She professionalized internal operational and financial systems; served as an animal welfare advocate among the larger Bay Area community of non-profit leaders; and, with the help of volunteers and other donations from the community, spearheaded an office space reconfiguration for more efficient administrative operations.

"Nancy has been a superlative executive director in every sense of the word," said Deb Knowles, president of the FAAS board of directors. "Under her leadership, FAAS had many successes and has been recognized by the community as a leader in animal welfare and as a top nonprofit in Alameda. The board thanks Nancy for her selfless service to the people and animals of Alameda and we wish her continued success in all her future endeavors."

Ms. Knowles also praised Nancy for her part in helping to negotiate a new contract with the City of Alameda. Those negotiations, begun in January 2016, continue. "Our pursuit of a fair and equitable contract with the City of Alameda has never been about one person; it has always been about creating a sustainable partnership that saves lives and protects the people of Alameda and their beloved animals," she said.

To ensure a seamless transition and continuation of all programs, long-time board member John L. Lipp will serve as acting director of FAAS beginning March 27. John will officially resign from the FAAS board of directors.

John is a nationally known leader in the nonprofit sector with experience in fundraising, executive leadership and transition, governance, community engagement, and program development. He has consulted for a variety of organizations over the past 28 years and has served as a trainer and keynote speaker for local, national and international audiences. His book,

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, was published in October 2009 by Alpha/Penguin. In 2015, he was a featured contributor to the anthology Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World from Jossey-Bass. 

John was a faculty member in San Jose State University's Continuing Education Program in Nonprofit Management for more than 10 years. He also was an instructor for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco and served as a board member and board president for Humane Society Silicon Valley. He was President and CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco from 2004-2011.

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