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Bilingual Investigations and Research Associate

Bilingual Investigations and Research Associate

Terms of Employment: Full-time, At Will, Non-exempt
Reports to: Director of Investigations
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

MFA's Investigations and Research Associate is responsible for the research, compilation and maintenance of vital information needed by the Investigations, Legal Advocacy, and Corporate Outreach departments to be as effective and influential at helping end the needless suffering of farmed animals.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Review, compile and categorize footage, photographs and field notes
  • Assist in the evaluation of current investigative video footage
  • Assist the Director of Investigations and Director of Legal Advocacy in researching and drafting legal complaints
  • Draft internal documents related to MFA investigations
  • Track, compile and file relevant news articles, videos, and radio recordings about MFA's investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy efforts
  • Research and maintain up-to-date contact information for appropriate federal, state, and local law enforcement agents, prosecutors, corporate executives, animal welfare experts and veterinarians
  • Log and file important documents and information
  • Assist the Director of Corporate Outreach with research into animal welfare policies, codes of ethics, target demographics, and other relevant information
  • Monitor major industry publications and farmed animal advocacy organizations' work to keep abreast of pertinent information

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred, or equivalent professional experience
  • Exceptional research skills and organizational skills
  • Strong computer and typing skills
  • Ability to work independently and ability to manage projects and work with multiple departments
  • Thorough knowledge of online public and academic databases
  • Previous experience using Final Cut Pro or other video editing software
  • Ability to use discretion in confidential matters relating to investigations
  • Thorough knowledge of factory farming, animal husbandry practices, and animal welfare issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Strong preference given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish and/or French

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: General Counsel
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

To assist MFA's legal advocacy department in effectively using the legal system to advocate on behalf of farmed animals and ensuring the organization's legal compliance in all aspects of its operations.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide legal support to the investigations department by conducting necessary legal research into state and federal laws and regulations and addressing any legal issues arising during the course of investigations
  • Assist in the organization's requests for criminal prosecutions of animal abusers by reviewing investigative footage, drafting legal petitions, and meeting with and assisting law enforcement
  • Work to advance farmed animal interests in state and federal legislation
  • Research, develop, and implement proactive legal initiatives, including lawsuits, petitions, and complaints to state and federal agencies
  • Draft and review contracts, leases, and other legal documents
  • Assist the general counsel with governmental compliance and labor and employment issues
  • Handle any other legal issues that may arise during the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with attorneys in private practice and other animal protection organizations

Position Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred minimum of 1—3 years' experience practicing law
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights legal issues and MFA's campaigns
  • Demonstrated ability to create and deliver presentations, address and overcome problems, and negotiate with third parties
  • Strongly preferred ability to conduct press conferences and interviews with media
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel on short notice
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Research and Analytics Specialist

Research and Analytics Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will
Reports to: Director of Education
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

To carry out the organization's research, testing, and data analysis, including a/b web, email, and social media testing; program impact data collection; Google Analytics analysis; audience surveying; and program-related research and testing.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Design, carry out, and analyze ongoing iterative a/b split tests of key campaign webpages
  • Carry out and analyze a/b split tests of email campaigns and social media postings
  • Conduct monthly collection of MFA program data across departments, and provide analysis and key recommendations
  • Review Google Analytics data for organization's websites and provide key recommendations
  • Design, carry out, and analyze surveys of visitors, members, and program participants
  • Conduct program-related research, including messaging split-tests, program impact analyses, and related research
  • Communicate findings in an accessible manner to co-workers, supporters, and partner organizations
  • Keep up-to-date on latest research, best practices, and case studies in a/b testing and web analytics

Position Requirements:

  • Highly analytical and detail-oriented mindset
  • Strong work ethic and quick pace
  • Preferred professional or academic experience in online data collection and analytics
  • Thorough knowledge of or ability to learn Google Analytics, Optimizely, and related measurement software, tools, and procedures
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn Photoshop
  • Preferred academic research experience
  • Preferred basic html knowledge
  • Preferred statistical analytical skills and experience
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support of Mercy For Animals' philosophy and ability to professionally advocate Mercy For Animals' positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Latino Communications Specialist

Latino Communications Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Communications
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

Provide content for MFA's Spanish-speaking audience, including through MFA's Spanish-language social media accounts, blogs, and websites. Continue to build MFA's Spanish-speaking audience and keep supporters engaged via social media. Act as an MFA spokesperson when called upon by Spanish-language media outlets.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Keep abreast of breaking news in the Latino media market relating to MFA's mission and pitch blog posts based on relevant news stories
  • Research and pitch stories to Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S. and Latin America as needed
  • Communicate with Spanish-speaking celebrities on behalf of MFA
  • Serve as a liaison between MFA and Spanish-speaking point persons for animal protection groups, blogs, and social media pages
  • Be aware of social media trends in the Latin American world and strategize accordingly
  • Promote MFA as a spokesperson to Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S. and Latin America as needed
  • Manage translation content for all of MFA's Spanish-language social media channels
  • Write blog posts for MFA's Spanish-language blog
  • Assist with translation, writing, and editing of other Spanish-language materials (websites, emails, etc.) as needed

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years' experience managing social media and writing professionally
  • Spanish as a first language and fluency in both spoken and written Spanish and English
  • Ability to work well in a team, take direction, demonstrate initiative, and represent MFA professionally and enthusiastically
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for MFA's philosophy and ability to professionally advocate MFA's positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Web Developer

Web Developer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Software Engineer
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

Aid in the development, maintenance, and improvement of MFA websites, apps, and web applications, and provide general IT support

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in creating and updating webpages and applications in PHP, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Assist in basic image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • Conduct quality assurance testing on MFA websites, web applications, and systems
  • Assist in releasing files to final production environments
  • Elicit from staff information/materials necessary to fulfill IT support requests and fulfill such requests in a timely and professional manner
  • Keep on top of new trends for websites, apps, and social media integration

Position Requirements:

  • Three years' work experience in software or web development
  • Excellent working knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Preferred knowledge of Linux system administration
  • Ideally experience with smartphone app development
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and work under deadlines
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Major Gifts Officer - East Coast

Major Gifts Officer - East Coast

Terms of Employment: Full-time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development
Position Location: Remote, East Coast (NYC or DC Preferred)

Position Objective:

To advance the work of Mercy For Animals by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts and creating/sustaining long-term relationships with major donors.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 150 major gift and foundation donors
  • Create annual strategies for all portfolio donors
  • Meet or exceed monthly metrics for visits, solicitations, and proposals
  • Consistently review portfolio, cultivate new prospects, and disqualify others as necessary
  • Involve directors in the cultivation and solicitation process whenever appropriate
  • Serve as event planning liaison for major donor fundraising events
  • Maintain donor data and contacts in fundraising database, and prepare funding proposals and stewardship reports
  • Serve as member of the development project team to assist with fundraising appeal planning and execution, donor relations, database conversion, and other joint projects within the department

Position Requirements:

  • College degree and a minimum of five years of previous experience working in a major gifts officer capacity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Experience writing fundraising proposals
  • Excellent ability to build rapport with donors, volunteers, and colleagues
  • Team-playing, collaborative attitude
  • Ability to work effectively under the pressure of constant deadlines; requires excellent organizational skills, time management efficiency, and careful attention to detail
  • Frequent travel and some evening and weekend work
  • Personal commitment to the mission and values of the organization
  • Adherence to a vegan lifestyle

Innovation Manager

Innovation Manager

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will
Reports to: Director of Education
Position Location: Los Angeles or New York City

Position Objective:

To carry out the organization's work supporting the technological advancement, public promotion, and commercial success of animal product replacers, including plant-based and in vitro meat, milk, and eggs.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Leverage Mercy For Animals' membership and volunteer base to advance the commercial success and availability of plant-based and in vitro meat, milk, and egg products through concerted campaigns to demonstrate consumer demand to food industry retailers and manufacturers
  • Increase public and private funding for technological research into and commercial development of plant-based and in vitro meat, milk, and egg production by assisting with grant applications and connecting major public and private funders with funding opportunities
  • Conduct advertising, cold-contacting, and promotional campaigns to connect more scientists in relevant fields to the community of scientists working on in vitro meat research
  • Work with MFA's student contacts as well as student groups and professors at elite universities to increase student interest in conducting research and launching startups in the field of in vitro meat production
  • Leverage MFA's design and technology resources and personnel to increase the professionalism and appeal of the public-facing design assets of nonprofits and startups in the plant-based and in vitro food product industries
  • Carry out initial testing to determine which terminology, product choice, and other factors will increase public acceptance of in vitro meat products once those products are commercially available
  • When advantageous, generate positive publicity for in vitro meat researchers and producers and for in vitro meat production in general
  • Maintain relationships with producers, marketers, and nonprofit entities in the plant-based and in vitro food product industries
  • Keep informed of scientific advances as well as business, product, media, and public opinion developments in the plant-based and in vitro food product industries

Position Requirements:

  • Strongly preferred experience in sales, marketing, promotions, or external-facing advocacy work
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn basic science of in vitro and plant-based meat, milk, and egg production
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for MFA's philosophy and ability to professionally advocate MFA's positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Emerging Social Media Coordinator

Emerging Social Media Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Communications
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

Position Objective:

To create relevant and viral content for the organization's blogs and specific social media channels; to help maintain and grow MFA's audience; to gain followers and increase traffic on the organization's social media channels; to liaise with internet personalities, including YouTube and Vine celebrities; and to assist with videos, photo shoots, and other communications projects.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create and execute content for MFA's social media channels, including SnapChat, Vine, YouTube, and Reddit
  • Assist in development of campaign strategies and execution for the communications department
  • Steward relationships with YouTube and Vine celebrities as well as other internet personalities through networking, cold calling, in-person meetings, and liaising with talent and booking agents 
  • Write a minimum of five blog posts a week for MFA Blog
  • Research and assess all new and emerging forms of social media and determine how they can be used to expand MFA's audience and reach
  • Keep abreast of the latest social media trends, including hashtags, memes, and viral campaigns
  • Stay apprised of local, national, and international news stories relating to MFA's mission
  • Travel as necessary to produce and launch content, meet with internet celebrities, and attend social media industry conferences

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years' social media advocacy experience
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and MFA campaigns
  • Proficiency in or willingness to gain proficiency in existing and emerging social media channels
  • Thorough knowledge of or willingness to learn Google Analytics and related measurement software, tools, and procedures
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support of MFA's philosophy and ability to professionally advocate MFA's positions
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

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Meet Our Team

Nathan Runkle

President

Nathan Runkle is the founder and president of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals. After a local farmed animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agricultural project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded MFA to give "food" animals a much-needed advocate in his local community.

Since founding MFA over a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading national force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies.

A nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, factory farming, and veganism, Nathan has presented at colleges, conferences, and many other forums from coast to coast.

Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, featured in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including on ABC's World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Nathan works closely with MFA's diverse group of members, supporters, and employees to develop and fulfill objectives within the organization's four areas of focus: education, legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and undercover investigations.

Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, heads of international organizations, academics, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.

VegNews magazine has recognized both MFA and Nathan for making substantial contributions to the vegetarian movement, naming Nathan one of the "25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians" and one of the country's "Top 20 Activists Under 30 Years Old," and twice naming MFA "Non-Profit of the Year." In 2009, at the age of twenty-five, Nathan became the youngest person ever inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Jake Morton

Director of Operations

Jake Morton is our director of operations, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and collaborating with MFA’s communications department to create fun advocacy materials, including videos and merchandise. A longtime MFA supporter and once volunteer, Jake first became involved in animal protection as a teenager after meeting MFA’s president, Nathan Runkle, during an outreach event in his hometown.

Vandhana Bala

General Counsel

Vandhana Bala serves as our general counsel, working to put animal abusers behind bars. Vandhana became interested in animal rights in law school, became a vegetarian, and spent nearly a decade working at animal shelters and hospitals. Vandhana is now a committed vegan, and envisions a day when animals are viewed as more than personal property in the eyes of the law

Matt Rice

Director of Investigations

Matt Rice, our director of investigations, works with MFA’s undercover investigators to expose animal abuse at factory farms and slaughterhouses. Among other successes, these investigations have led to raids of factory farms, rescues of abused farmed animals, and passage of anti-cruelty laws. Most importantly, they have opened the hearts and minds of millions of people to the power of their food choices to create a kinder world.

Nikki Bollaert

Director of Development

Nikki Bollaert is our director of development and the brains behind MFA’s fundraising programs. Passionate about social justice issues, she brings more than 20 years of experience to her position. Nikki is the proud mom of two amazing vegan kids, and her “furry family” includes two dogs, three cats, and a charismatic rabbit named Jerry.

Ari Solomon

Director of Communications

Ari Solomon is our director of communications, managing all things social media. He also serves as the liaison to celebrities involved in MFA’s campaigns. A prolific writer, Ari's work appears regularly on The Huffington Post, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Advocate. Ari’s videos on veganism, including Sh*t Vegans Say, have become viral sensations, with nearly 2 million combined views.

Nick Cooney

Director of Education

Nick Cooney is our director of education, overseeing MFA’s advocacy efforts. Nick is also the author of several books, including Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change. He has lectured on effective advocacy across the U.S. and Europe, and hundreds of media outlets have spotlighted his work.

Jaya Bhumitra

Director of Corporate Outreach

Jaya Bhumitra serves as our director of corporate outreach, encouraging major food retailers, grocery stores, and fast-food giants to adopt and strengthen animal welfare policies. After learning about California’s Proposition 2, a bill aimed at ending extreme confinement of farmed animals, Jaya immediately went vegan. Jaya shares her home with her partner, Chris, and three beautiful rescued animals.

Johnathan Skinner

Software Engineer

Johnathan Skinner is our director of information technology, overseeing the organization’s impressive catalogue of websites. Wellsprings of information on the benefits of veganism and the cruel plight of farmed animals, MFA’s websites are visited by thousands of people every day. Johnathan began his professional career as a video game programmer, landing a job as a game creator for Nintendo just one year out of high school.

Krista Osborne

Managing Director, Canada

Krista Osborne is managing director for MFA in Canada, spearheading corporate outreach initiatives and media relations, and leveraging MFA’s influence to strengthen governmental protections for animals in Canada. Krista and her husband, Nigel, share their home with their rescued companion animals, Pitou, Smurfette, Blue, Honey, Spice, Chip, and Dale.

Brooke Mays

Editor in Chief

Brooke Mays, MFA’s editor in chief, reviews all of MFA’s written material, and serves as managing editor for our semi-annual magazine, Compassionate Living. After an MFA investigation revealed startling animal abuse at an egg factory farm that supplied to Trader Joe’s, her letter to Trader Joe’s led the grocery giant to drop the cruel egg producer. Brooke has proven time and again that the pen is mightier than the sword!

Disney Bolin

Executive Assistant

Disney Bolin serves as executive assistant to our president, Nathan Runkle. Disney owes her can-do attitude to years of experience at a tech startup. A once MFA volunteer, Disney used her volunteer experience to share with others the horrors of factory farming. Now she cannot imagine devoting her life to anything but protecting farmed animals.  

Cindy Harris

Philanthropy Officer

Cindy Harris is our philanthropy officer and the primary contact for MFA’s top donors and supporters. After learning about cruelty to animals on factory farms, Cindy’s journey towards veganism began. Cindy now grows most of her own food and is so much happier knowing where it comes from.

Clare Bland

Philanthropy Officer

Clare Bland serves as our philanthropy officer, ​bringing 23 years of development, program management, and nonprofit leadership experience to her role.​ ​Learning how smart and affectionate farmed animals were moved Clare to leave them off her plate for good. Clare and her husband Michael share their lives with two quirky rescued mutts, Ralph and Rufus.

Susan Weingartner

Development Projects Manager

Susan Weingartner is our development projects manager, organizing major events and other fundraising projects. She is an accomplished photographer, and for years her touching photos of rescued animals have raised much in vital funds for several organizations, including MFA. Susan and her son share their home with their three extremely outgoing cats, Aragorn, Kali, and Michael.

Kristen Diederich

Development Systems Manager

Kristen Diederich is our development systems manager, expanding fundraising programs and managing day-to-day tasks. Kristen interned with MFA for just one week before being hired and is now based in our LA headquarters, working to protect farmed animals full time.

Kate Ziegler

Senior Investigations and Research Associate

Kate Ziegler is our senior investigations and research associate, analyzing evidence documented by MFA’s undercover investigators for potential violations of law. Kate credits her family with shaping her into the socially conscious and compassionate person she is.

Kyle Fujisawa

Investigations and Research Associate

Kyle Fujisawa serves as investigations and research associate, conducting extensive research into agribusiness practices and animal welfare standards. In college, Kyle joined UC Santa Cruz’s animal advocacy club, where he first learned about MFA. He later became club president, working closely with MFA to develop more effective outreach techniques and maximize the number of students reached.  

Julieanna Hever

Food Trends Specialist

Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T., serves as our food trends specialist. Julieanna is a registered dietitian, author, and host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? With her wealth of expert knowledge on the latest food trends, Julieanna works with corporations on creating innovative menu items for the masses.

Sarah Von Alt

Communications Specialist

Sarah Von Alt is our communications specialist, managing MFA's online educational materials. Sarah became interested in animal rights in high school, and was quickly motivated to action. With the inception of MFA in her Ohio hometown, Sarah jumped with both feet into local volunteer events. Before long, she joined the MFA team!

Tammy Borchert

Administrative and Merchandising Assistant

Tammy Borchert serves as our administrative and merchandising assistant, bringing expertise and years of experience in nonprofit apparel and campaigning. Strongly impacted by an in-depth study of yoga and two lovely rescued companion animals that shared her home, Tammy became vegan and has never looked back.

Mikael Nielsen

National Volunteer Coordinator

Mikael Nielsen is our national volunteer coordinator, mobilizing activists around the country. While Mikael had always been an animal lover, it was a friendly turkey on TV that inspired him to become vegan in 1996. Mikael says that working for Mercy For Animals is a dream come true.

Alan Darer

Education Project Coordinator

Alan Darer is our education project coordinator. He works with activists on college campuses around the country, and leads the charge in the creation, launch, and evaluation of our online ads. Alan was raised a vegetarian, and after the shock of viewing a video about the cruel egg industry, he became vegan and started interning at MFA. The rest is history!

Jamie Berger

Media Campaigns Coordinator

Jamie Berger serves as our media campaigns coordinator, executing mass media vegan advocacy efforts. Her professional experience includes both federal lobbying and public relations, and The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other major national news outlets have featured her written work. 

Blanka Alfaro Pola

Latin American Communications Coordinator

Blanka Alfaro Pola serves as our Latin American communications coordinator, creating, managing, and translating social media content and other communications for our Latin American audience. A resident of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Blanka worked in graphic design and marketing before leaving the world of commercial advertising to apply her skills to helping animals

Cameron McBride

Assistant Web Developer

Cameron McBride serves as our assistant web developer. Upon discovering the effects of heavy meat consumption on the human body, Cameron adopted a healthy and humane plant-based diet. He currently shares his home with his wife, Erin, and three loving companion animals.


Katie Vann

Publications Coordinator

Katie Vann serves as our publications coordinator, overseeing production of MFA’s quarterly magazine, Compassionate Living. She has spent years working in animal protection and public policy, managing digital communications, planning fundraising events, coordinating media outreach, and lobbying federal legislators and agencies.


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