In March 2008, Aimee Gilbreath joined Michelson Found Animals as its first full-time employee and Executive Director. Aimee has been responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s wide range of innovative programs that span from traditional philanthropy to social enterprise. These programs include a national microchip registry, adoption services, animal advocacy, resources and support for pet owners. Found Animals also offers grant funding for medical breakthroughs in non-surgical spay and neuter methods and provides support for other animal welfare organizations that has helped over 5 million pets.
Under her leadership, Aimee has grown the social enterprise nonprofit from one employee — Aimee herself — to 70-plus and created a volunteer network numbering over 1,000 people that donated over 70,000 hours of service in 2018. In Los Angeles, Found Animals operates two retail adoption centers that have adopted out over 25,000 animals, as well as a kitten foster program. In 2018, Aimee partnered with Mars Petcare and R/GA to create the Leap Venture Studio, the first start-up accelerator to springboard innovation in the growing pet technology ecosystem.
Aimee is extensively involved with community organizations across Los Angeles. She is a founding member and current steering committee member at No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA). She serves on the Board of Directors of Spay4LA, which operates mobile spay and neuter clinics in low-income communities in South Los Angeles. She is also on the Board of the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles, which operates three nonprofit clinics that provide affordable spay neuter services and veterinary care to over 40,000 animals per year.
Aimee is a former management consultant with Boston Consulting Group and has significant experience leading teams to solve business problems for Fortune 500 clients. She holds a BS in Molecular Biology and an MBA. Aimee lives in West Hollywood, CA, with her family and two beloved pitbull mixes, Ricki and Ralph.