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Tawny Hammond

National Director of Leadership Advancement

The National Director for Leadership Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society, Tawny Hammond has more than 30 years of experience in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their pets, working effectively with appointed and elected officials, creating and leading teams focused on professional excellence and lifesaving best practices.



Tawny currently leads Best Friends’ leadership advancement initiatives with a focus on strengthening existing leader’s skill sets for the goal of ending the killing of shelter pets in their communities. An additional focus will be developing programs to assist seasoned leadership from other fields and disciplines interested in making the transition into animal welfare and services leadership.


For the majority of Tawny’s career, she has facilitated leadership programs for professionals and community organizations, as well as focusing on the building of dynamic teams, professional development and succession planning.


Tawny has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia. She brought the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to a 90 percent live release rate in less than two years by removing breed restrictions, growing a robust volunteer program, establishing a cutting-edge foster program for the dogs losing their lives, strengthening community cat programs and establishing the animal shelter as a community center for residents of Fairfax.


Tawny is also the former chief of animal services for the city of Austin, Texas. Under Tawny’s leadership, Austin and Travis County, Texas, reached a new milestone in 2017, achieving live outcomes for 98 percent of the more than 17,000 animals who came through the doors.


Tawny is devoted to ending the killing of pets in shelters and believes that how we treat pets and their people is connected to social justice, community wellness and our compassion as a society.


Tawny, her spouse, Amy, and their dog, Rosie, live in Traverse City, Michigan, where they enjoy the beautiful Michigan outdoors.

My Sessions

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Sun. February 3rd

8:30 am - 9:20 am Map Icon Zlotnik Ballroom

Keynote Part I: Enlightened Leadership, Daily Decision Making and Beyond

Join us for this panel discussion and discover how to make decisions that effect the live outcomes on a daily basis.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Conquer Fear and Doubt: Managing Your Team Through Change and Controversy

In this session you will learn how to be a motivating people manager and help your team reach their goals-even through change and controversy.


4:15 am - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Save Rate: Exceed the 80% Benchmark

Attendees will learn about the experiences of people who successfully broached 80% and beyond save rates.


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.


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