Donna Wilcox is Vice President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Alley Cat Allies. As Vice President, Wilcox oversees finances, development, and human resources.
Wilcox has been with Alley Cat Allies since the beginning. She brought the organization from a small, startup nonprofit with limited reach, to one with over 200,000 worldwide supporters, an annual income that exceeds $4.5 million, and global recognition for expertise on feral cat issues.
Wilcox continues to be involved with program initiatives. One focus is successfully negotiating with property management companies to stop plans to trap and kill resident cats and work with Alley Cat Allies to implement humane programs that ensure harmony between cats and residents. In 2008, Wilcox achieved this with a company in Northern Virginia and saved the lives of more than 150 cats.
Wilcox has held a life-long affection for, and understanding of, all cats, but especially domestic cats. Decades of personal encounters and dealings added to Wilcox’s knowledge about their behavior, their health, and their relationship with each other and humans. Wilcox has counseled people around the country so they could gain a better understanding of cats and what to do to protect them and improve their lives.
Prior to joining Alley Cat Allies as a full-time staff member in 1999, she managed the Washington, D.C. office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She is the main caregiver and acknowledged “mom” of Alley Cat Allies’ five office cats, and she shares her home with her own pack of cats in Bethesda, MD.