David Stegman, former director of the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, has been named the new interim executive director of the Contra Costa Humane Society with offices in Pleasant Hill.
Stegman, a longtime animal welfare advocate, has more than 35 years of nonprofit and government agency experience, including as executive director of Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).
At ARF he created the organization's first strategic plan that expanded its growth from a local to a national level. He also was responsible for the overall policy and direction and fund development of what has become a multi-million-dollar organization.
At the Valley Humane Society, Stegman implemented an agency-wide reorganization providing direction and leadership for half a dozen staff members and more than 300 volunteers. He was responsible for introducing social services programs that increased the organization's effectiveness while saving countless animals from euthanasia.
As director of the Pleasanton-based nonprofit from 2003 until early last month, Stegman also completed Valley Humane Society's property purchase for a future permanent shelter as well as a building project design. He helped raise more than $2.4 million towards the $4 million goal to build a shelter.
In his new position at the Contra Costa Humane Society, Stegman will be responsible for managing the organization's successful Adopt-a-Friend, spay/neuter (SNAP) and emergency medical programs. He also will have charge of promotion and fund raising efforts on behalf of the organization.
Stegman has been a resident of Danville and San Ramon for 38 years and with his wife Jeri has six grown children, four grandchildren and two rescued dogs.
"The board is excited to have Dave join our organization. I know that together we can build a better, stronger organization with his leadership," said Ruth Rosenberg, a member of the CCHS board of directors.