Helping Paws, a regional leader in the assistance-dog industry that also is part of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s “Hub” and participated in last fall’s GIVE Gathering volunteer fair in EP, has named Alyssa Golob as executive director.
The mission of the Hopkins-based non-profit is to further people’s independence and quality of life through the use of assistance dogs. Golob joins Helping Paws from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, where she served as the development director.
She will start her new role on March 7. The Helping Paws Board of Directors selected Golob after conducting an in-depth executive search.
“Alyssa is a proven and strategic leader who has served in several executive leadership positions focused on programs that support and help people to live independent lives,” said Helping Paws Board President Ryan Evers. “Her 25 years of experience and leadership in non-profits will be key in advancing our mission and taking Helping Paws to the next level.”
Golob’s leadership at Minneapolis Jewish Federation demonstrated success in fundraising, and building donor, staff and volunteer relationships. She was instrumental in identifying and implementing processes to support the daily operations in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Golob led an exceptional annual giving campaign raising $10 million, exceeding expectations, according to Helping Paws.
Before she joined the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, she was the executive director for Jewish Housing and Programming, where she developed their five-year strategic plan, operationalized their expansion project, and launched new revenue-producing programs. Golob received her bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University in Northridge.
“I deeply believe that everyone deserves to live a life that provides security, dignity, freedom, and independence, and to feel they are a part of a supportive and caring community. In my life, I have seen how dogs and their ability to connect with and take care of the humans who need them can change a person’s trajectory,” said Golob.
“Coming to Helping Paws as the new executive director is an exciting opportunity to bring my non-profit expertise to a mission that speaks to me. I look forward to collaborating with Director of Programs and Founder Eileen Bohn, as well as the entire staff and stakeholders, to ensure the continued growth and success of Helping Paws.”
Helping Paws is one of nearly 80 non-profit organizations that serve Eden Prairie and are connected through the Community Foundation’s “Hub” project, where volunteer ambassadors from the Foundation regularly reach out to learn more about the organizations and the needs they are finding in Eden Prairie.