FAAS Hires Executive Director, Office Manager

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has hiried two people with extensive animal shelter experience to run the shelter when the FAAS takes over on January 1.

The FAAS board of directors has selected two people with extensive animal shelter experience for two critical posts at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Mim Carlson, the former executive director of the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, was selected as executive director. Tina Aedo, the shelter’s current volunteer coordinator and rescue liaison, was hired to manage day-to-day operations as office manager.

“We’re delighted that we have been able to hire people with so much animal shelter history,” said FAAS Board President Nancy Evans-Bianchi. “Mim’s experience in Berkeley and Tina’s experience in Alameda provide us with a great combination of outside perspective and institutional memory, giving us the opportunity for both innovation and continuity.”

Mim has spent the last 25 years in non-profit management, starting as the planning and development director for the San Francisco SPCA. During her five years at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, she managed 35 staff and 100 volunteers while stabilizing the organization and partnering with Berkeley Animal Services to ensure that every adoptable animal found a home.  Most recently, she served as interim executive director at Florence Crittenton Services in San Francisco where she managed a successful merger of two non-profits.

Tina has coordinated volunteer activities at the Alameda shelter since 2008, managing 50 volunteers, organizing fundraising activities and overseeing adoptions. She previously worked as a kennel attendant and later a customer care associate at the East Bay SPCA in Berkeley.

“There are many different ways to run a shelter, and we’re very comfortable with the perspectives that these two leaders bring,” said Interim Executive Director Tom Cushing.  “They will provide a compassionate, conscious balance of our duties to each animal in our care, and to the community we serve.  We’re off to a very good start.”

FAAS officially takes over responsibility for the shelter from the Alameda Police Department on January 1 under a 15-year contract with the City of Alameda.

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