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 and his wife of eleven years, Alisha, are originally from Columbus, Ohio and recently moved to El Paso, TX. The couple has two dogs, Franky and Dino.
After Hurricane Katrina’s devastation many dogs were displaced and Luke and his wife wanted to rescue a dog from the affected area. Once they saw Franky’s photo they knew he was the one. After they adopted him the couple became aware of the horrors of pit bull discrimination. Luke Westerman states that “He was so tiny, friendly and precious, yet some ignorant people would still make foolish statements”. From then on they made it their mission to educate everyone they met so they could learn the truth about this misunderstood but absolutely wonderful breed.
Luke Westerman is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he earned a BS in
Finance and Marketing. He 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 ethics. His Wall Street experience includes tenure as Vice President of Investments for JPMorgan Chase. As venture capitalist he helped fund and start dozens of successful entrepreneurial ventures across multiple industries over the last decade.
"I am thrilled to be the Executive Director of the HSEP! My wife Alisha and I have dedicated our lives to helping animals in need and feel called to serve the homeless animals and the citizens of El Paso. We look forward to sharing our 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 rescuing many more lives together.