BOULDER, COLO. — The Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) is preparing for its second decade with plans to scale its programs to address the advancement of sustainable ingredients, packaging and corporate social responsibility throughout the pet and pet food industries. To accomplish this, the coalition announced changes to its leadership.
Founded in 2013, PSC has grown to represent nearly 200 pet product manufacturers, suppliers, brands, distributors and retailers, attracting a broad number of industry leaders seeking to advance sustainability. According to the coalition, its innovative programming has driven significant growth, something it hopes to continue in its next 10 years in operation through new leadership changes.
Caitlyn Dudas will transition from executive director to co-founder and senior advisor of PSC. During her 10-year tenure with PSC, Dudas has helped drive the coalition to become a leading sustainability organization in the lucrative pet industry.
“As the needs of PSC evolve, it is my great honor to transition from my role as executive director into that of senior advisor and co-founder,” Dudas said. “I will focus my time on expanding PSC’s growth through the implementation of a new philanthropic program and supporting the search for an incredible leader for PSC’s next decade.”
Deputy Director Donald Castellucci will transition to the role of chief operating officer and will also provide support as interim executive director while PSC begins the search for a new executive director.
“While we set our sights on the future, PSC remains committed to serving our vibrant community of members with education, tools and implementation support that drives business profitability while also ensuring a better future for pets, people and the planet,” Castellucci said. “Our vision is to scale our start-up success by continuing to do what has gained us our stellar reputation, and by expanding our transformational programming so that we can solve the pet industry’s biggest planetary impacts.”
PSC is also seeking a new development/fundraising manager, a director of strategic initiatives, and a senior sustainability project manager.
The personnel changes seek to help PSC scale its initiatives to address a new urgency in climate action. The coalition plans to expand its organizational systems, technologies, processes and personnel team to support more long-term programming, research and data partnerships, consumer education, policy engagement and more.
“I never imagined in 2013 the scope of what PSC would become,” Dudas said. “It has been an incredible honor to lead the coalition through such powerful growth in terms of our numbers and the breadth of our impact. I am beyond grateful to the countless individuals who have worked so hard to support me and PSC's mission as we reach these important milestones.”
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