PetSmart Charities Director of Grants and Field Initiatives
Julie White is PetSmart Charities director of grants and field initiatives. Her team manages current initiatives and funding in the US and Canada related to spay/neuter, the Rescue Waggin’® transport program and emergency relief. Together, they manage the largest amount of animal welfare funding in grants in North America.
After a long career in operations and strategy, Julie is skilled at understanding problems, then identifying the right resources and solutions for her organization. Specifically, she has the expertise to help define reasonable goals and set expectations appropriately. PetSmart Charities concentrates on adoption and spay/neuter, and Julie’s team supports programs that further those goals.
Julie is passionate about the lifesaving Rescue Waggin’ program, which her team leads. The transport program helps participating shelters save more dogs’ lives in their own communities. She admires the work, collaboration and results that happen before and after the actual Rescue Waggin’ transport — it is what sets PetSmart Charities apart from other pet transport programs.
Throughout Julie’s career, she has enjoyed focusing on programs that can have a lasting impact. She is especially proud of PetSmart Charities’ funding of community trap-neuter-return programs for stray and feral cats, which have been proven to reduce shelter intake. Another program she finds especially gratifying is veterinary school grants, which give students hands-on experience performing early-age spay/neuter surgery — a practice that can change communities.
Prior to joining PetSmart Charities in 2009, Julie lived in Seattle, Wash., where she was executive director of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project for 5 years. Julie was also West Coast regional manager for Best Friends Animal Society, where she launched the Seattle-based Best Friends Brigade, a volunteer program that supported Seattle-area animal welfare groups. Before working in animal welfare, Julie held a variety of positions at Nordstrom, Inc., including executive director of U.S. customs and compliance for Nordstrom Product Group.
Julie has held board positions on the nonprofit Friends of King County Animal Shelter and was the chair of the King County Animal Care and Control Citizens Advisory Committee. She volunteers with the National Grant Managers Network and is a frequent presenter on animal welfare topics throughout the U.S.
Julie and her husband, Tom, are pet parents to Jeeper, an 11-year-old Labrador mix, and 4 cats: Teddy, Olivia, Motley and Eddie. In addition, they fostered at-risk pets who needed special care, freeing up space in shelters for pets who were more likely to find homes quickly. When she worked at Nordstrom, Julie brought her young foster kittens (who needed ongoing care) to her office — she even won awards for her voluntary community service for pets.