I want to share that I have resigned my position as Oakland Animal Services (OAS) Director. My end date is not certain as I am committed to staying until a new director is hired.
This was an incredibly difficult decision for me to make. I have such a deep love for OAS, and for Oakland. Ultimately, I realized I no longer have the energy that’s needed to lead OAS and want to make room for someone else to carry on this important work. When a new director is hired, I look forward to supporting them in any way I can.
I understand that my departure creates uncertainty about potential changes in direction for OAS or possible setbacks to what we have worked so hard to achieve. I have absolute confidence in Mayor Sheng Thao and City Administrator Jestin Johnson to choose a director for OAS who will continue to focus on animal lifesaving and serving the people of Oakland who most need our support. I have no doubt the positive momentum of OAS will continue.
It’s been 15 years since I first came to OAS as a volunteer. I never imagined then that I would go on to found Cat Town, in support of OAS, and then become OAS Director. It has been such an honor to be in this role and to work among such a determined and passionate team of staff and volunteers. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. I’ve also been so heartened to see the growing number of people in this community who have stepped up to adopt or foster animals or otherwise support this lifesaving work.
It’s been a gift to play a small role in the continuing evolution of OAS. While I am ending this role, my commitment to OAS will continue!