Debra Parsons-Drake

Interim Executive Director, Organizational Specialist

Debra Parsons-Drake, South Florida Wildlife Center’s Executive Director since late 2016, has worked in animal welfare for decades and has a successful track record of accomplishments in corporate and not-for-profit management. In addition to leading SFWC, Debra is Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Centers, which includes four other nationally-known animal care centers/sanctuaries operated by HSUS. She has also held leadership positions with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team and in HSUS state and regional offices. Debra first joined HSUS in 2005, doing on-the-ground rescue work after Hurricane Katrina. Debra has also served as the Executive Director of a large animal shelter on Florida’s west coast that took in lost and surrendered pets from animal control and the public. She joined the non-profit sector after a successful career as COO of a statistical research firm that provided stock market research for institutional investors. Debra’s business expertise and passion for animal welfare greatly benefit SFWC’s mission — helping sick and imperiled wild animals; promoting respect and appreciation for wildlife; advancing knowledge about wildlife preservation; and serving as a vital community wildlife resource — and ensure the fiscal sustainability of daily operations.