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AWA executive director departs after a decade of saving lives

Animal Welfare Association staff reflect on the impact Maya Richmond made over the last 10 years as executive director.

Special to The Sun/The Sun. In her ten years of being with the Animal Welfare Association as Executive Director, Maya Richmond designed and oversaw the construction of the new Adoption and Education Center slated to open in late 2021.

After a decade of tireless work to further Animal Welfare Association’s (AWA) mission and vision, Maya Richmond has announced that she will be departing from her role as Executive Director.

During her tenure, Richmond has been the driving force behind AWA’s growth and success as an organization. A brief sample of her many accomplishments include:

  •  Designing and overseeing construction of AWA’s new Adoption and Education Center slated to open in late 2021.
  • Spearheading the construction of the Public Pet Clinic in 2013.
  • Creating the Vets on Wheels program to provide veterinary outreach in the City of Camden, NJ.
  • Partnering with other agencies like Bancroft and Kingsway or VNA to launch programs designed to help people and pets.
  • Leading and raising 100% of AWA’s first capital campaign for $2,500,000 for the new building.
  • Facilitating over 27,000 adoptions and 96,000 spays/neuters.
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Richmond’s vision and leadership will be greatly missed by the board, staff, volunteers, donors, and nonprofit partners alike.

“In 2009 the board felt fortunate Maya accepted the position because of her business and program experience; however, we now know how very fortunate her hiring has been for the entire AWA community,” states Jonathan Furlow, AWA’s Board President.

Her passion, skills and drive elevated AWA’s services and programs. She worked with foundations and donors to grow support to fund significant expansion of our programs while simultaneously building the foundation for the AWA we have today which is physically manifested in the new Adoption and Education Center

“When she started, we had a few thousand donors, twenty staff and adopted and spayed/neutered a few thousand animals a year operating on a budget of just over one million dollars,” said Jim Miles, AWA board treasurer and member for twenty-five years. “Today the operating budget is over three million dollars. Annually, over eight thousand animals are adopted, seen at the Pet Clinic, or kept in their homes through pet safety net programs. And nearly 3,000 people take part in one of AWA’s humane education or public training workshops.”

“I speak for the entire staff when I say we have learned so much under her leadership and her love of learning. We all wish her the best and hope she returns to visit,” says Nanci Urban Shelter Services Manager. Ms. Richmond will work part-time until the new building is open and the animals are in their new home. The board is conducting a national search for AWA’s next Executive Director.

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