Rory DiamondChief Executive Officer
As CEO of K9s For Warriors, Rory is responsible for the executive management and strategic vision of the Organization. Under his leadership, K9s For Warriors has grown into the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans, and has saved hundreds of rescue dogs. Prior to leading K9s For Warriors, Rory was a litigator at two international law firms. He also served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in public corruption and financial fraud prosecutions. Before earning his law degree, Rory served as Briefing Director for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and as a Deputy Associate Director at the White House for President George W. Bush. He was working in the White House on 9/11 and, ultimately, served as part of the startup staff for the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.
Rory is a national advocate for American veterans and has taken the lead in pro-service dog legislation. In 2015, he partnered with Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL-6) to author and introduce the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) Act, passage would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration to provide a service dog to qualifying military veterans with severe PTSD. Additionally, as a member of the Neptune Beach City Council, Rory serves his community by focusing on crime prevention, property rights, hurricane preparedness, and lawful recognition of service animals. In 2017, he spearheaded a law proposal to make “fake” service dogs illegal in Neptune Beach. In February 2017, the law passed unanimously and has served as a national model. In 2016, Rory helped found the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans endeavoring to raise service dog standards, outlaw “fake” service dogs, and ensure that every disabled veteran who needs one has access to a high-quality service dog.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Rory often spends time with family, is an avid surfer, and runs his rescue dog "Baron" on Neptune Beach every day. He earned his JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating cum laude, and completed his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- Jacksonville Business Journal “Ultimate CEO”
- Presidential Leadership Scholars (2017)
- Jacksonville Business Journal “40 Under 40”
- Pet Age “40 Under 40”
- Leadership Jacksonville (2014)
- Leadership Florida (2015)