JB Williams

JB Williams’s connection to Seattle Humane goes back over 30 years, when he and his wife, Margaret, fostered a Seattle Humane pup. JB’s dedication to our cause has been unwavering ever since, and in 2022 he took the meaningful step of joining our board of directors, eager to contribute even more to our mission and future vision.

JB’s dedication to increasing access to veterinary care in our community was ignited when his former dog, Jake, was diagnosed with mouth cancer. The lifesaving treatment Jake received from Washington State University’s (WSU) School of Veterinary Medicine left a lasting impression and led him to champion the partnership between WSU and Seattle Humane’s veterinary clinic. Together with Seattle Humane and WSU, JB recognizes the potential this partnership has to bring essential lifesaving services to the community.

JB and Jake, two “Dawgs” (JB is a UW alum) where they belong: in the WSU end-zone at Martin Stadium, between cancer treatments at WSU’s top-tier veterinary hospital.

“It’s exciting that Seattle Humane can provide services and an approach that keeps families and pets together,” JB shares passionately. “We have an amazing facility, but we also possess the brainpower, passion and community support necessary to expand our reach. This expansion will enable more families to experience the joys of pet ownership and find loving homes for even more pets.”

JB brings a wealth of marketing and business acumen, honed through his leadership role in advancing both established and new growth ventures at Microsoft, Starbucks, DocuSign and Ziply Fiber.  Joining former colleagues and now fellow Seattle Humane board members Debbi Gillotti and Phil Sorgen, he is excited to leverage their expertise to further the organization’s strategic plan, Vision 2026.

In addition to animal welfare, JB is also a passionate supporter of youth mental health services. This long-standing connection was amplified by the recent and personal loss of his relative Ashley Morrison (The Youngest Old Cat Lady), a notable animal welfare advocate, who privately and publicly struggled with mental health issues that she ultimately succumbed to.  His desire to support and increase access to care fuels his commitment and contribution to Seattle Humane and Youth Eastside Services. 

With JB’s commitment to both animal welfare and youth mental health services, he embodies the compassion and forward-thinking vision that drives Seattle Humane’s mission. We are grateful to have JB Williams on our board, leading the way to a brighter future for pets and the people who love them.

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