As president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection. Placing special emphasis on transforming pubic and corporate policies, he has been a primary strategist in securing the enactment of hundreds of state and federal animal-protection laws and dozens of reforms from the nation’s biggest food retailers and other businesses. In 2005, Pacelle was named one of NonProfit Times’ “Executives of the Year” for his leadership in responding to the Hurricane Katrina crisis, and he’s been named to the NPT’s most influential executive four times in the last seven years. He is the author the New York Times bestseller The Bond: Our Kindship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, and his forthcoming book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals, has a launch date of April 2016. His blog, A Humane Nation, is published each weekday. He’s devoted to GAP because he believes in incremental change, and recognizes the tiered program for rating of animal products pushes consumers and producers to reach for higher standards. He received his B.A. in history and environmental studies from Yale University in 1987. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Lisa and their dog Lily and cat Zoe.