Leadership and Staff

Jesse Winters

Mercy5 (3)Jesse Winters is an independent animal welfare consultant. Jesse has worked professionally in animal welfare advocacy for over 25 years, and served as Senior Director with the ASPCA for 19 years. During her tenure with the ASPCA, she guided development and implementation of their shelter mentoring program, served as subject matter expert for the ASPCA Position Statement on Community Cats, and provided consulting and training on best practices to innumerable local animal welfare organizations nationally. She also served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for the GonaCon vaccine trail at Clowder Concepts in Illinois, a flagship project of the Alliance for Contraception of Dogs and Cats (ACC&D). 

Certified in Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation, Jesse has extensive facilitation experience in participatory decision-making, and workshop design and facilitation using adult learning principles. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, pet retention and safety-net programming, shelter operations, compassion fatigue and stress management, adoption policies, and ethical decision making. 

Jesse is humble servant to seven adopted companions – canine Nigel, and felines Lewis, Leo, Queenie, Mercy, and two of the GonaCon Study cats Mariska, and Marlene.