Senior Strategist, Learning Advancement​
Best Friends Animal Society

Don Jennings joined Best Friends in April 2019. Prior to joining Best Friends, he spent 13 years as a Montessori elementary school teacher, a decade with the YMCA, and another seven years in animal welfare (focusing on organization recovery). Don is adept at creating consensus environments in which communities can realize their best potential.


Don is a cheerful problem-solver with a passion for details, data, and observation, all in service of “making things work.” His jack-of-all-trades skill set provides support for Best Friends’ education and national embed programs, which involve leadership training for animal welfare professionals and staff members working with partner organizations on location for extended periods. The goal is to increase lifesaving sustainably, an important part of Best Friends’ efforts to achieve no-kill nationwide by 2025.