Maddie's® Executive Leadership Fellow
Sheila Kouhkan started her career in animal welfare working on compassionate legislation for the City of Los Angeles in 2009. There, she assisted with passage of items such as the puppy mill ban, the declawing ban, and the bullhook ban.
Sheila entered the world of animal welfare nonprofits in 2015 when she joined the team at Best Friends Animal Society as the NKLA Manager, working with local rescues to make Los Angeles a no-kill City. In 2017, Sheila accepted the Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Fellowship and joined the teams at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center where she has learned the ins and outs of animal welfare leadership.
Sheila spent the end of 2017 working on Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston. She looks forward to sharing this tremendous learning and growing experience with others.