Senior Program Officer – Arizona
Michael Mendel joined the Trust in August 2014 after interning in the Phoenix office and earning his Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2013. Previously, Mendel spent 14 years as a senior project manager with URS Corporation in California and Arizona, managing teams of military planners for several Navy and Marine Corps asset requirements studies throughout the Southwest. Mendel also holds a Master of Arts in English from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kent State University, which he earned while under a football scholarship.
In his current position, Mendel manages the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative, a collective of seven local animal welfare organizations working to reduce the number of animals entering Valley shelters and increase spay/neuter surgeries, adoption, wellness services and responsible pet ownership in Maricopa County. Since Fix.Adopt.Save.’s inception in 2012, euthanasia of shelter cats and dogs in Maricopa County has decreased 86%. Additional responsibilities include managing the Summer Youth Program Fund and the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program at Maricopa County Community Colleges. He serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.
For the past 13 years, Mendel has volunteered at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, exercising dogs (mostly larger breeds and pit bulls), working to reevaluate and rehabilitate dogs, and comforting animals during euthanasia.