Leadership and Staff

Joyce Briggs, MS

Joyce w LeoJoyce Briggs has been involved in a leadership capacity with ACC&D since 2004 and has served as president since 2006. During this time she has helped substantially advance interest in, work toward, and support for creating non-surgical sterilants for progressive population control of cats and dogs. She has led the organization’s strategic planning, fundraising, and program development, established a respected Scientific Advisory Board, and produced and directed four major scientific symposiums and six scientific think tanks. She has played a key cultivation role in developing strategic partnerships advancing this field, including the Michelson Prize & Grants.

Ms. Briggs has been a leader in national animal welfare since 1995 through top general management, marketing, development, program and public relations positions at national nonprofit organizations, and as a management consultant bridging nonprofits, corporations and communities. As executive director of PetSmart Charities from 1999 to 2004, Ms. Briggs developed and oversaw the grants program, which raised and distributed $23 million to the animal welfare cause, supporting pet adoption and spay/neuter programs. With 2,400 adoption partners in adoption centers in over 620 PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities found homes for over 1.2 million once-homeless pets in that time. Before joining PetSmart Charities, she was senior director of marketing and PR for the American Humane Association. She also served on the national Board of Directors for the Delta Society for three years; is active with the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), a regional coalition of animal shelters; and serves on the Banfield Shelter Advisory Board.

Prior to working full-time in animal protection, Ms. Briggs held corporate positions for 15 years. Her career spans management positions with New York City advertising agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, and marketing leadership positions with Nabisco, Nutri-System and the Franklin Mint. She holds a master's degree in advertising from Northwestern University.

Ms. Briggs shares her home in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, daughter, three dogs, two cats, two goats, and often, some foster kittens.