Kristan McCormick, strategist, shelter partnerships
As a strategist for shelter partnerships, Kristan works to provide resources and training to shelters on the east coast to implement proven practices for shelter operations and lifesaving programs. Kristan began her career in animal welfare more than a decade ago as an intern and volunteer for Best Friends, focusing on animal care, emergency response work and large-scale events. She went on to work at different organizations, gaining experience in adoption, transport and volunteer programs, shelter operations and a community spay/neuter clinic. Kristan has been with Best Friends for more than eight years as one of the founding team members to establish the local foster and adoption program in New York and to support the opening of the Best Friends NYC Lifesaving Center. Kristan has also supported Best Friend's national embed, mentorship programs, Best Friend's Network and most recently was a part of the Shelter Collaborative team. Kristan lives in New York with her husband, a dachshund named Little and a floofy cat named Finn.