Kathleen Cahill serves as development manager for Mercy For Animals, overseeing fundraising and membership development programs, writing grant proposals and inspiring individuals, companies, and foundations to support MFA’s mission to prevent cruelty to farmed animals.
Kathleen holds a bachelor of arts in communications and theater from Temple University in Philadelphia where she first became vegetarian, although she had been concerned about animal welfare throughout her childhood. After graduating, she worked in the hotel and television production industries in New York City and Los Angeles for several years, until making the change to the nonprofit sector in 2005. It was this same year, while volunteering at a farmed animal sanctuary, that Kathleen witnessed firsthand the aftermath of the barbaric cruelty endured by dairy cows and their baby calves. This experience made her aware of the connection between the meat and dairy industries, inspiring her to become vegan, and to make a personal commitment to do all she could to protect these animals.
Kathleen has extensive experience in fundraising, coordinating events, and member relations. She has worked as a special events manager and development associate for several animal and ocean advocacy organizations. Her work with environmental organizations has taught her about the devastating impacts of factory farming on the natural world, in addition to the horrific abuses routinely inflicted on the animals.
She has a three-year-old daughter, Madeline Mary Francis, who shares her love of nature and the environment. Kathleen, Madeline, and Madeline’s father, Jerry, feel fortunate to also share the love of two rescued companion animals—Charlie, a Korean Jindo, and Boo, their cat.
Kathleen is honored and thankful for the opportunity to join Mercy For Animals alongside such dedicated, compassionate colleagues, and hopes to contribute in major part to achieving protection for farmed animals.
Kathleen is inspired daily by her favorite quote from the patron saint of animals: "Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission—to be of service to them wherever they require it." (Saint Francis of Assisi)