Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately funded sanctuary for retired chimpanzees, proudly announced the promotion of Jennifer Brown, a Port St Lucie resident, from Manager of Human Resources to Director of Human Resources effective immediately.

In her new role, Ms. Brown will work directly with our Executive Director of Save the Chimps, on numerous initiatives designed to strengthen the organization and better serve its 61 employees.

“Since she started Jennifer has demonstrated key leadership, bringing Save the Chimps internal processes to a much higher, more efficient level. Her deep commitment to doing what is right, to enhancing the working lives for our employees is unmatched, it is an honor to have her as a key member of our leadership team,” stated Dr. Lakly.

Ms. Brown joined Save the Chimps in April of 2019, having previously served in a variety of Human Resources positions, she has over 15 years of progressively responsible experience. A seasoned professional, Ms. Brown graduated from Kean University in New Jersey with a double major in Communications and English, she then completed her MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In her short time with the organization, Ms. Brown has overhauled the Human Resources department, streamlining vendors and processes and has instituted a formal training program for department managers. In addition, she has recruited and successfully retained 35 full time employees as well as launching several initiatives including time clock management and employee goal setting.

A Legacy of Caring

Since its founding in 1997 by Primatologist Dr. Carole Noon, the sanctuary has successfully retired 333 chimpanzees from unsuitable living conditions, allowing them to live out their days in a safe, secure, and vibrantly social community alongside their fellow chimpanzees. The retired chimps now live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands, where they receive three fresh meals daily, first rate medical care, and a variety of activities in an enriched environment. For more information or to donate your time or treasure, visit