New Guidance for Guide Dog Organization

The new CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind brings her wealth of experience to the largest guide dog school in the U.S.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to announce that Christine Benninger has been appointed CEO of Guide Dogs. Chris’ experience from the non-profit and for-profit sectors will help Guide Dogs for the Blind continue as a leader and innovator in its field.

Christine Benninger Guide Dogs for the Blind

“Chris is a strategic, compassionate, and compelling leader, who is well suited to help GDB fulfill our mission of empowering lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities,” says Jay Harris, head of GDB’s CEO search committee.  

Among her many accomplishments, Chris has spent 17 years leading the Humane Society Silicon Valley where her progressive approach helped save the lives of tens of thousands of animals and greatly reduce pet overpopulation problems in Santa Clara County. Under her leadership, the organization was also able to raise $25.5 million to build The Animal Community Center — the first facility of its kind in the country.

Chris’ first day will be April 7th. Interim President and CEO, Bob Burke, will help lead the onboarding and transition process and will then return to his role as Chair of the GDB Board.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the next CEO for Guide Dogs for the Blind. It’s an amazing organization and it’s such an honor to be part of its team,” says Chris.

Guide Dogs for the Blind works with a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, to prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision.  For more information, visit

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