Martha Boden, CEO
SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden has a strong background in product and project management and leveraged this business knowledge to stabilize and grow animal welfare organizations throughout her career.
Boden joined SPCA Tampa Bay as CEO in 2011. Under her leadership, SPCA Tampa Bay has implemented a number of program and facility enhancements to improve the agency’s service to the community. Boden led the agency’s plans to open a full-service veterinary hospital in St. Petersburg, which brought accessible veterinary care and spay/neuter services to local pet owners when it opened in 2016.
Prior to joining SPCA Tampa Bay, Boden was CEO of the Humane Society of Indianapolis, where she implemented programs that increased the animal placement rate, reduced the euthanasia rate and improved customer service. Following her work with the Humane Society of Indianapolis, she provided consulting services to animal-related businesses and nonprofits, and then went on to lead a worldwide project management team for the global consulting firm Accenture.
Boden first gained experience in the animal welfare industry in her previous hometown of Minneapolis as a volunteer with the Animal Humane Society and as a volunteer and board president with the Animal Relief Fund. She also created of The Hambulance, a hamster rescue where she cared for, rehabilitated and rehomed more than 600 hamsters.
Before following her passion into animal welfare, Boden worked with mainframe computer printers as a field systems analyst and later as a project management consultant, managing project budgets ranging from $500,000 to more than $10 million.
In addition to her work with SPCA Tampa Bay, Boden is actively involved in both the animal welfare industry and local community. Boden is an executive member of the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), the highest-level professional designation for animal welfare professionals.
Boden is also president of the board of directors of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations. She became a member of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors in 2016 and graduated from the Leadership St. Pete class of 2012.
Boden received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College. She has attained a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and completed animal rescue service training through Noah’s Wish.