The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation has named Steven Feldman as its executive director. Feldman will replace Steve Hellem of Navista, who had been contracted by HABRI to oversee the organization since its launch nearly four years ago.
Feldman is an experienced association executive and public policy advocate with more than 20 years in the field. He has worked in many related areas including widelife conservation, animal welfare, healthcare and education. Prior to joining HABRI, Feldman served as senior vice president for external affairs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He also worked at Powell Tate, a public affairs firm, and as a staff member in the United States Senate.
“It’s an honor to join HABRI because its mission is so critical to improving the lives of so many people,” said Feldman. “The Foundation has taken a leadership role in achieving more widespread recognition of the power of the human-animal bond to benefit the health of individuals and communities. I am grateful to the trustees and sponsors, and look forward to continuing the momentum they have created in advancing the research in this important area of health and science.”