Marie Wenzel, LSW, the executive director of Hand2Paw, brings fifteen years of social service experience to her position. After earning her Masters in Social Work from Temple University, she spearheaded initiatives to increase access to innovative programming for underserved populations. Marie is dedicated to promoting positive social change and improving systems that perpetually harm people from marginalized communities.
Marie understands the healing power that animal assisted interventions have with humans. That propelled her into expanding opportunities for youth to heal through helping rescue animals at Hand2Paw. Marie’s passion is on addressing the violence crisis in Philadelphia by offering paid internships to youth interested in developing work skills in animal well-being and veterinary spaces, and expanding Hand2Paw’s impact, offering creative humane education workshops and pet pantries in the community.