WASHINGTON—The Board of Directors of Humane Society International announced today that it has selected Jeffrey Flocken as its new president. Flocken, who has been the organization’s senior vice president for programs and policy since February 2018, succeeds Kitty Block, who became president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States earlier this year.
“I’m so pleased that Humane Society International will be led by my colleague Jeffrey Flocken,” said Block. “HSI’s work is so vital to the protection of animals around the globe, and we are fortunate to have Jeff leading the way.”
“I’m honored to have been selected to lead this tremendous organization and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with our talented and dedicated team both at our headquarters in Washington and our country offices around the globe,” said Flocken. “The need to protect animals in a fast-changing world is a moral imperative, and the threats are only increasing. But while the work can be daunting, growing public awareness, concern and action give us all reason to be hopeful that we can meet these challenges head on. And HSI is the right organization for tackling these challenges.”
Prior to coming to HSI, Flocken was the head of North America for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, he worked on international wildlife conservation at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and he served as a director at Conservation International. In 2005, Flocken co-founded Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, a training program for young conservation professionals around the world. He also co-authored the award-winning book Wildlife Heroes, and he is an active board member for EWCL, the Jaguar Conservation Fund of Brazil, GRACE Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center, and the IUCN Tapir Specialist Group.
A native of Michigan, Flocken graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife Mary Crimmings, their daughter Collette, and rescue cat Dasher.