Melissa Seide Rubin, JD
VICE PRESIDENT, ANIMAL CARE CENTERS AND VETERINARY SERVICES
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
Melissa Rubin has the responsibility for the management of The HSUS's five animal care centers—Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, South Florida Wildlife Center, Cape Wildlife Center, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, and Duchess Sanctuary—and the growth and development of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Associaton (HSVMA) among the veterinary community.
A leader at The HSUS for more than 20 years, Rubin measurably grew the size and impact of the Field Services section over the last 16 years. She previously managed the Rural Area Veterinary Services program—now known as HSVMA Field Services—that provides free veterinary care to animals in need, as well as thousands of spay and neuter services to low-income families.
Rubin joined The HSUS staff in 1990 as the assistant general counsel. In 1994, she was given the responsibility of overseeing Field and Emergency Services. She oversaw the growth of the Emergency Services program from a staff of one to a substantial program, and was responsible for leading The HSUS though many disasters, including the Red River Floods and hurricanes Floyd, Charlie, Frances and Katrina.
Her involvement in animal protection began in 1983 when she founded Students for Animal Welfare, the first college animal protection organization at American University. Rubin has a degree in environmental science from the American University in Washington and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law. She has a Certificate in Non-Profit Business and Management from Johns Hopkins University.