Humane Society Silicon Valley is enthusiastic to have Peter Detkin take the helm as the organization embarks upon its next chapter. “Peter is a visionary leader whose experience spans the corporate and nonprofit sectors, making him uniquely positioned to guide HSSV to the next level of impact,” said HSSV President Kurt Krukenberg. “In addition to his unrivaled determination to find innovative solutions for tough problems, Peter has boundless passion for animal welfare and social justice. He shares my excitement and ambition to change the game for pets and their people, here in Silicon Valley and beyond.”
Peter served a previous six-year term on HSSV’s Board of Directors starting in 2015. According to Peter and Michelle, “Bringing a pet into a home makes a family whole. Every pet deserves a family, and every family deserves a pet.”
In accepting the appointment on July 1, Peter expressed his deep commitment to HSSV’s mission, history of innovation, and ongoing leadership in shelter medicine and operations. As Chair, Peter will work closely with HSSV’s board and executive team to provide strategic guidance and ensure effective governance. Peter said, “HSSV wants to ensure that all animals can thrive, all people experience the magic of the human-animal bond, and all families are able to care for their pets. I am honored to play a part in making this vision a reality.”
“During her tenure as Board Chair, Becky Ranninger Owen has taken the organization to new heights and established an inspiring vision, mission, and strategic priorities for the future. I have full confidence that under Peter’s leadership, HSSV will continue to build on this foundation and improve the lives of countless pets and people,” Krukenberg said.
Peter is a founder at Intellectual Ventures, where he focuses on a variety of projects relating to intellectual property and invention. Intellectual Asset Management recently named him the second most influential “IP market maker” in the world. He is also a Managing Director at Sherpa Technology Group, providing strategy and M&A services for technology and IP. Peter and Michelle reside in Los Altos Hills with their son, and their family includes Chloe, the dog (an HSSV alum), and three cats: Joey (an HSSV alum), Danica (an HSSV alum), and Blake.
Peter is joined by Vice-Chair Sally Hazard Bourgoin, Treasurer Christy Richardson, and Secretary Alison Buchanan as officers of the board. The entire HSSV team extends a warm welcome to Peter and looks forward to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.