MENANDS – Todd Cramer was appointed the new president and CEO of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the Board of Directors announced on Friday, May 26.
In April, Brad Shear, who was president and CEO, said he was stepping down after a decade in the spot. Cramer was named interim.
“This appointment comes at an important time in the history of our organization – as we are about to move into our new animal care center this summer,” Cramer said in a statement. “MHHS is rich in history and I look forward to leading the organization into the next chapter.
Cramer, a native of Fonda, joined MHHS in 2016 as vice president of operations and chief of staff. Prior to that he was senior vice president for community engagement and chief of staff at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.
He began his career as assistant director of operations at the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia.
He is only one of 123 certified animal welfare administrators across the country and the only one in the Capital District.
“Todd’s experience in animal welfare spans all aspects of our work including shelter operations, animal cruelty investigations, disaster response as well as program development and fundraising,” said Cynthia LaFave, the Board of Directors chair. “Todd’s ideas, passion and energy will lead the organization into our next chapter.”
MHHS was founded in 1887 and is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in the area. It receives about 6,000 animals a year and serves at the SPCA for Albany and Rensselaer counties.
It employees 49 people and has a team of volunteers.