Meet our Interim Executive Director – John Lipp

john_rex_finaljohn_rex_finalJohn is a nationally known leader in the nonprofit sector with comprehensive experience in fundraising, executive leadership and transition, governance, community engagement, and program development. John has worked with a variety of organizations over the past 28 years and has served as a trainer and keynote speaker for local, national and international audiences. His book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, was published in October 2009 from Alpha/Penguin. In 2015, he was a featured contributor to the anthology Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World from Jossey-Bass.


John served as a member of the faculty for San Jose State University’s Continuing Education Program in Nonprofit Management for over ten years and was also an instructor for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco.  He was President/CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco from 2004-2011 and most recently served as Executive Director of the Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) before joining the national leadership team from 2012 – 2015 as the National Director/Associate Vice President, Volunteer Engagement.


A passionate advocate for the power of the human-animal bond, John serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).  He is also an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. John and his husband Peter share their Alameda home with three wonderful rescues, their pups Marty and Primo, and the grand duke of the house, their kitty Rex.