New leader for equine charity Brooke USA

Emily Marquez-Dulin, new executive director of Brooke USA.
Emily Marquez-Dulin, new executive director of Brooke USA.

Emily Marquez-Dulin is the new executive director for Brooke USA, the American division of The Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.

Marquez-Dulin will advance Brooke USA’s objective to introduce donors in the United States to their unique missionalleviating the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules in the world’s poorest countries.

Her appointment to the new position followed a nationwide search of the US to fill the role. Petra Ingram, chief executive of the Brooke, said the charity had ambitious plans to significantly increase involvement from US supporters to help it reach even more animals and owners in parts of the world where no other help is available to them.

“Last year we reached 1.5 million equines in 11 of the world’s poorest countries. We are very pleased to announce that Ms. Marquez-Dulin will join our existing Brooke USA team to ensure that we meet our goals. Her 25-year track record of success in major gift fundraising, advocacy work, strategic planning, policy development and Hispanic marketing will be invaluable as we move forward.”

Brooke USA's new finance and administration manager Bobby Sutton.
Brooke USA’s new finance and administration manager Bobby Sutton.

Brooke USA has also hired Bobby Sutton as its new finance and administration manager. Sutton is an accountant who has most recently served as finance director for the city of Bethel, Alaska, and program coordinator for Christian Care Communities in Corbin, Kentucky.

Marquez-Dulin’s previous experience has included working as executive director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Southern Florida & Puerto Rico; area executive director for the American Cancer Society, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties; executive director for the Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt-A-Pet; senior director of communications & development for the Alpha-1 Foundation; director of sales & marketing for Parrot Jungle Island; and senior vice-president of the IAC Group.

“It is an honor to have been asked to join the world’s largest international equine welfare charity,” Marquez-Dulin said.

“My career and personal life have always involved humane and humanitarian work in this country, so joining the Brooke USA team will allow me to use my experience and passion to reach beyond the borders of the United States and work on a global scale to help both animals and people simultaneously.”

Brooke USA chairman Dr David Jones said Marquez-Dulin would play a crucial role in introducing more Americans to the Brooke’s proven approach to sustainable animal welfare solutions.

“The fact that we’re able to hire someone of Ms. Marquez-Dulin’s caliber after having had an office in the US for only three years speaks of the enthusiastic welcome that our mission has received by donors in the US, and also to the commitment by our international and American boards of directors.”

The Brooke is headquartered in London, England, but three years ago opened its US headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington to support the overseas work of the Brooke. Earlier this year, the Brooke’s president, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was in Kentucky and officially launched the US headquarters there.

Marquez-Dulin will be based in Florida, and Sutton will be based in the Kentucky office.

At least 100 million working equines are the engines that power the developing world, doing the hardest jobs under the toughest conditions to support the livelihoods of 600 million people. That’s 9% of the world’s population. The Brooke is dedicated to improving the lives of those animals in communities where people often earn less than one dollar a day.

Poverty and desperation often force owners to overwork their animals, resulting in a great deal of suffering. Most of this suffering is preventable, so the Brooke works together with local communities to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of their working animals, which also protects human livelihoods.

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