Executive Director @ Kitsap Humane Society
Eric Stevens took over as Executive Director of Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) in 2012, during a period of organizational turmoil and financial crisis. Since that time, KHS has stabilized, expanded its animal welfare mission, and increased its support in the community. Since 2012, the number of animals rehomed by KHS has grown by more than 50%, to over 6,800 animals in 2017, and the save rate has improved from just over 90% to 96%.
Eric has been leader in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. In addition to leading KHS for the past six years, he spent 26 years leading (and growing) nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. For 20 years, he served as Executive Director of St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, expanding the organization’s services, staff and budget, and successfully completing two capital campaigns. For six years, he served as CEO of Courage Center, a rehabilitation and social service facility for people with physical disabilities. He has also had his own independent consulting practice, working with nonprofit organizations and leaders on strategic and business planning, board development and executive coaching. Eric also has served on nearly a dozen nonprofit boards, often taking on leadership roles.
Eric grew up in New York City, where he attended Queens College, majoring in economics. He then attended the MBA program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and later earned Master’s Degrees in Early Child Education at Central Washington State University; and Organizational Leadership at the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) via City University of Seattle. Eric moved to Bainbridge Island in 2006 with his wife Caroline. Over many years, they have rescued numerous cats and dogs, two goats and even a donkey. In 2013, they adopted their current dog, Mork, an exuberant, handsome pit bull mix, from KHS.