BlackRock Managing Director Joins Board of Trustees at Morris Animal Foundation
January 20, 2015/Denver — Robert (Bob) C. Gain, a Managing Director with BlackRock, is now a member of the board of trustees at Morris Animal Foundation. Gain brings to the board a profound and personal understanding of the importance of animals in the lives of their human companions, having lost his own dog, Parker, to lymphoma. Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide that funds scientific studies, including studies in cancer, to advance the health and well-being of all animals.
“Bob learned about Morris Animal Foundation after losing Parker, and immediately wanted to know what he could do to help us move the science of cancer diagnosis and treatment forward,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD, and President/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. “Asking Bob to serve on our board of trustees was a natural progression from his role as an active and involved donor. He provides a compassionate viewpoint, formidable dynamism to advance the Foundation and its mission, and sage guidance based on his extensive experience as an investment specialist.”
At BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, Gain is Head of Product Operations for the company’s U.S. and Canada Defined Contribution Group. He also manages BlackRock’s Community Affairs for its San Francisco office, and is on the board of directors for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors for the Bay Area Council. From 1992-2009, Gain was with Barclays Global Investors, which merged with BlackRock in 2009.
“As a trustee with Morris Animal Foundation, I’m excited to be part of an organization that is at the forefront of new breakthroughs in veterinary medicine that may one day help save dogs like Parker,” Gain said. “More broadly, the mission of the Foundation to advance the health and well-being of all animals is one in which I strongly believe and want to do what I can to support.”
In May, Gain hosted an event at his home to benefit Morris Animal Foundation where he spoke with guests of his connection to the Foundation’s mission, and why he is passionate about advocating for an organization that champions scientific discovery to benefit animal health.
“The animals we care about, who live in our hearts, are ambassadors for their kin,” Gain said. “Through them, we have a personal relationship from which we learn to care about all living things. Morris Animal Foundation not only advances the well- being of our companion animals, but also fosters studies that benefit animals in the wild. They, too, need our care and compassion to lead healthy and abundant lives.”
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The Foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $92 million toward 2,300 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures for animals worldwide. Learn more at www.morrisanimalfoundation.org.