Scion Executive Search Assists Born Free USA

May 24, 2019 – Scion Executive Search, which specializes in the non-profit sector, has assisted Born Free USA in its selection of Angela Grimes as its new CEO. She had served in the top role on an interim basis since August.

“Angela has the experience and compassion to take Born Free USA to the next level,” said Will Travers, president of Born Free. “The experience to tackle the many legal challenges that threaten to undermine the protection of native and non-native species, to stand fast against the erosion of regulations, and to sustain and build the alliances necessary to be truly effective.”

“As far as Angela and Born Free USA are concerned, no one should be left behind,” he said. “With her tenure as Born Free USA’s acting CEO, Angela’s proven that she’s the right person to lead this organization as we work to deliver a better future for ourselves and the animals with whom we share this fragile planet.”

Ms. Grimes joined Born Free USA in 2010 and previously served as its director of development and operations. Before that, she was executive director and COO for Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, a wildlife sanctuary and rescue center, and chorus and operations manager for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Grimes currently serves on the national board of directors for EarthShare, a federation of leading environmental organizations. She has also been board chair of Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary, EarthShare of Texas, and Chicago Chorale as well as vice president of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity Housing Corp.

Born Free USA, founded in 1968, believes every individual animal matters. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film Born Free, the non-profit works locally, nationally and internationally to end wild animal cruelty and suffering and protect threatened wildlife. Born Free also operates one of the country’s largest primate sanctuaries, where it provides a safe and permanent home for some 500 primates, some retired from research facilities and many rescued from inhumane roadside zoos and private ownership.


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“This is a critical time for wildlife,” Ms. Grimes said. “They face unprecedented pressures due to habitat loss and trade in live animals and their parts, among other threats that endanger the lives of individual animals and entire populations. In contrast, public opinion on wildlife issues has shifted. There is a growing awareness of the intrinsic value of animals and support for protecting them and ending animal cruelty. I am honored to have been chosen to lead Born Free USA’s life-saving mission into the future.”

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Scion Executive Search, founded in 2006, conducts searches for non-profit clients that range from large foundations, universities and government employers, to social services and art organizations. It has regional locations in San Francisco; New York; Chicago; Portland, OR; Seattle; Dallas; and Charlotte, NC. The firm counts among its clients: Make-a-Wish America, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the American Lung Association, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, among others.

CEO Isaac Schild is an established executive search expert in the non-profit sector. As a national non-profit search consultant, speaker, non-profit board member, and organizational development consultant, he is committed to bettering communities and inspiring effective non-profit organizational management and best practices. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Schild has led over 500 executive searches for a variety of national prestigious non-profit organizations, foundations and educational institutions.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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