American Humane Welcomes Francesca Smith as Chief of Staff


PALM BEACH, FL – American Humane, the nation’s first national humane organization, has announced a new member to their leadership team, adding Francesca Smith as the organization’s Chief of Staff.  Smith will oversee operations, administration, and donor relations for American Humane, which has offices in both Palm Beach, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Smith began her career at the White House Office of Political Affairs during the George W. Bush administration, then moved into finance, holding various positions at several alternative investment management companies in New York.  After relocating from New York City to South Florida, Smith joined Comvest Partners, the private equity firm in West Palm Beach, where she worked in Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations, and overseeing product management for the equity side of the business.

Smith graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and completed extensive doctoral coursework in International Political Economy at New York University. 

“Francesca brings a wealth of relationship-building and leadership experience to American Humane,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “We know she will thrive in the nonprofit sector and are thrilled to welcome her to our team.” 

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