Brent Ruppel, Vice President of Community Operations
Brent Ruppel began his tenure at Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1996, supervising the Puppy Raising Program. He is currently a member of Guide Dogs' Leadership team as Guide Dogs' Director of Canine Community Programs. Brent supervises all GDB dogs and puppies, other than guides, who live in our communities, as well as the volunteers who house and care for them. In doing so, he oversees our breeding, puppy raising, career change, campus puppy socialization, campus volunteer and speaker bureau programs. In addition to quality dog care and socialization, a primary goal of Canine Community Programs is to build a nationwide volunteer organization, uniting Guide Dog's human and canine partners into community building efforts, spreading the Guide Dog message and improving quality of life for our clients, constituents, and the public.
Brent came to Guide Dogs with an education, employment and hobbies that have proven valuable to his role here. He attended post-graduate school with an emphasis on Community Organization at California State University, Fresno. As Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Fresno, Brent served as the Director of a city-wide program of creative arts classes and managed a historical home and a municipal theatre site. Prior to joining Guide Dogs, Brent worked in the pet food and products industry for almost 15 years.
Getting his first dog at the age of four, Brent's passion has always been dogs. He sees the value of dogs and people working together to change people's lives in a positive way. He has shown and trained dogs for 38 years—teaching public obedience classes; breeding and exhibiting winners of top national awards; judging his breed's North America trophy show; and serving on the Boards of Directors of numerous dog clubs.
With two daughters now successfully out on their own, Brent lives in the San Francisco's North Bay with his wife and son, two horses, a couple of cats, and a happy, loving pack of dogs.