Leadership and Staff

Jesse Winters

Mercy5 (3)Jesse Winters joined the ASPCA in 1999 and currently serves as Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Community Initiatives department, helping guide development and implementation of the mentoring program for the ASPCA Relocation Initiative. Jesse provided subject matter expertise for the ASPCA Position Statement on Community Cats, and 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. 

During her tenure at the ASPCA, Jesse has deployed to numerous natural disasters and large-scale cruelty cases with the ASPCA Animal Disaster Response Team, including Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike, as well as multiple cruelty investigations including the “Missouri 500”, a multi-jurisdictional dog fighting case in Missouri. She is trained in Veterinary Forensics Animal Crime Scene Investigations, Ice Rescue, Technical Animal Rescue, and Search & Rescue III. 

Jesse received her bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is humble servant to her eight adopted companions - canines Jasper and Nigel, and felines Lewis, Leo, Queenie, Mercy (adopted during a cruelty case deployment involving 400 cats in Pennsylvania), Mariska, and Marlene (two of the GonaCon Study cats).