June 4, 2013
BOSTON and Centerville, Mass. June 4, 2013 – Just in time for what will likely be another busy season for the MSPCA-Angell on Cape Cod, the organization announced today the appointment of Mary Sarah Baker to Director of the Cape Cod Animal Care and Adoption Center in Centerville, Mass. Baker, who is moving from New York City to oversee the MSPCA’s Cape Cod operations, brings 16 years of senior leadership experience at premiere non-profits spanning fundraising, development, marketing and senior staff management.
Baker was previously the General Manager of The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in Manhattan where she oversaw operations for the 600+ seat performing arts theater and managed a yearly operating budget of over $900,000. She previously served as an associated director for Carnegie Hall where she planned a large-scale event that ultimately secured $70 million in donations to fund the organization’s education program. Prior to her role at Carnegie Hall she served as the director of bookings at Lincoln Center, where she increased revenue by implementing a strategic marketing plan for five different venues. She is also a former business analyst at management consulting giant Deloitte Consulting.
For Baker, the opportunity to use her vast non-profit and corporate experience to promote the welfare of animals across Cape Cod was too good to pass up. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work elbow to elbow with the dedicated staff at the MSPCA-Centerville as we advance our mission of kindness and compassion for animals,” she said. “I’m confident that my many years of business, management and nonprofit experience will both elevate the visibility of the MSPCA on Cape Cod as well as improve the lives of animals in our adoption center until we can place them into permanent homes.”
Baker is no stranger to in-the-trenches animal welfare experience. As a longtime volunteer for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York, she counseled hundreds of people through the animal adoption process, ultimately becoming a mentor for the organization’s other adoption counselors-in-training. In 2011, Baker was deployed to Joplin, Missouri to help with the rescue of pets displaced by tornados that ravaged the area that summer. She has since traveled to multiple states including Arkansas, Kentucky, New York, Missouri and Michigan to rescue and care for animals seized from puppy mill and dog fighting investigations.
More recently Baker provided hands-on care at the emergency shelter built in Brooklyn to house hundreds of animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Her work took her to storm-ravaged Staten Island, Coney Island and the Rockaways to assist with animal intake and care—as well as to help reunite as many pets with their families as possible. “It’s direct animal care experiences such as these that reinforced my decision to dedicate my career to helping animals in need,” she said.
At the MSPCA Baker will manage a team of five staff members and all aspects of the adoption center’s $500,000 annual budget.
The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.