Deputy director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control
Allison Cardona is a deputy director for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. She oversees two full-service animal care centers, a communications center, adoptions, behavior and enrichment, and volunteer programs. Allison also serves as liaison to the County’s Homeless Initiative, ensuring that people experiencing homelessness have options and resources for their pets. Prior to joining the County in 2017, Allison worked for fourteen years as a senior director at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). She served in a variety of roles during her time at the ASPCA, managing adoptions, spay/neuter, disaster response, large-scale cruelty operations, cruelty intervention programs and community engagement. Throughout her career, Allison has championed keeping pets and people together, advocating for the inclusion of pets in human services. She serves on the Leadership Council for the Downtown Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed care to women in Los Angeles. Allison received a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Empire State College and is a graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Development Program. She is a member of the LA County Management Council and co-chairs the Anti-Racism Committee for Animal Care and Control. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Yvonne.