Kate Atema

PetSmart Charities – Phoenix, Ariz.

Kate Nattrass Atema has spent her career focused on the development of innovative strategies for engaging communities in animal welfare and conservation. As Director of Community Grants for PetSmart Charities, she oversees the development of grant programs that keep vulnerable families and pets together, in spite of the institutional, cultural, economic and social barriers that often prevent people and pets from thriving together. She has published numerous articles on topics ranging from Animal Law to roaming dogs and community wellbeing, and is passionate about the importance of animal welfare to healthy communities. Prior to joining PetSmart Charities, she served as Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Community Engagement Program and as Chairperson of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM). She is a Senior Faculty Fellow at Tufts University’s Center for Animals and Public Policy and contributing lecturer at the University of Edinburgh’s International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law program. Kate has lived and worked all over the world, but currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her family of boys and her chatty, opinionated but very polite husky mix, Ivy.