Reasa D. Currier has been appointed director of the Department of Animal Sheltering (DAS), effective January 31. She succeeds Karen Diviney, who retired in December.
Currier has more than 15 years of experience in animal welfare leadership and previously served as vice president of external affairs for the Humane Rescue Alliance, one of the largest and oldest animal welfare agencies in the U.S., where she oversaw a diverse portfolio including communications and marketing and government affairs.
Currier’s expertise includes organizational change management, public relations and public policy, as well as working with federal, state and local governments, corporations and diverse stakeholders.
Prior to her work with the Humane Rescue Alliance, Currier was with the Humane Society of the United States, among other animal welfare organizations, as well as in roles with the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Transportation.
DAS manages the Fairfax County Animal Shelter , the county’s only open-access municipal shelter. The shelter accepts all companion animals from Fairfax County who need care, regardless of health, age, temperament or history.
Currier earned a juris doctorate from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Arizona.