Meet Luke Westerman, the new Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso: He is an animal activist, philanthropist, and former Wall Street investor. Luke Westerman comes to us from Columbus, Ohio and has two dogs, Franky and Dino.
After Hurricane Katrina’s devastation many dogs were displaced and Luke wanted to rescue a dog from the affected area. Once he saw Franky’s photo he knew he was the one. After Luke adopted Franky he became aware of the horrors of pit bull discrimination. Luke states that “Franky was so loving and friendly to all, yet some ignorant people would still make foolish statements”. From then on he made it his mission to educate everyone he met so they could learn the truth about this misunderstood but absolutely wonderful breed. He also co-founded the nation's first political action committee for pit bulls, called Ohioans Against Breed Discrimination. The PAC has successfully lobbied state and municipal officials in order to create breed neutral laws across the state of Ohio.
Luke is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at universities and business seminars nationwide speaking on a variety of subjects including entrepreneurship, modern venture capital, global economics, and animal welfare. His Wall Street experience includes tenure as Vice President of Investments for JPMorgan Chase. As a venture capitalist he funded and co-founded dozens of entrepreneurial ventures across multiple industries over the last decade.
"I am thrilled to be the Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso! I have dedicated my life to helping animals in need and feel called to serve the homeless animals and the citizens of El Paso. I look forward to sharing my passion for animals with the community in an effort to make El Paso the best city in the country for animals and their people." Luke says.
The Humane Society of El Paso is incredibly excited to welcome Luke and looks forward to the massive impact Luke will have in our community!