Marc Peralta

Senior Director of National Mission Advancement

As the senior director of national mission advancement, Marc Peralta brings together Best Friends’ newest initiatives and aligns all things related to developing the knowledge and capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in lifesaving in order to empower them to achieve no-kill in their own backyard. These initiatives include shelter outreach, mentorship, staff-embedding programs, community cat programs, no-kill leadership training, and emergency response training and operations.


Prior to this position, Marc served as the senior director of regional programs for a year, overseeing the foundation of building out and expanding Best Friends’ strategy, partnerships and programming in the key Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Before that, Marc served as the executive director for Best Friends in Los Angeles for five years. In 2011, Los Angeles was struggling to save just over half of the cats and dogs entering city shelters. Because of Marc’s and Best Friends’ leadership, L.A. is on track to reach a 90 percent save rate, the threshold for designation as a no-kill city. Marc’s duties as executive director included operations for the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, California, and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, as well as leadership of the NKLA Coalition, which comprises more than 140 animal welfare organizations.


Marc has also served as vice president and chief operating officer, as well as interim CEO, at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At PSPCA, he was directly responsible for seven statewide facilities, animal control for the city of Philadelphia and humane law enforcement for the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Marc was a member of the board of directors for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia.


Prior to the PSPCA, Marc worked in animal care manager roles at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, Nevada, working with the team there to bring Washoe County to no-kill status in 2008 (it remains no-kill today), and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


My Sessions

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Mon. February 4th

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Building No Kill Culture Throughout Your Organization

In this panel discussion animal welfare leaders wiil share their expertise on how to build a No Kill culture in your organization.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Leadership Roundtables

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with successful shelter leaders to learn pearls of wisdom and specific strategies.


4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Managing Staff to Ensure Accountability

Join this stimulating panel discussion and get the tools to manage staff to ensure accountability.


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