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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

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

Philanthropy Officer - East Coast

Philanthropy 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

Philanthropy Officer - West Coast

Philanthropy Officer - West Coast

Terms of Employment: Full-time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Undercover Investigator (USA)

Undercover Investigator (USA)

Terms of Employment: Interim, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Investigations
Position Location: This job requires moving to and living in various areas across the United States for weeks or months at a time.

Position Objective:

To support MFA’s legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and educational efforts by obtaining employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses across the country and documenting conditions in these facilities. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather evidence necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Travel throughout the United States to apply for and obtain employment in the animal agricultural industry, including factory farms, hatcheries, livestock markets, and slaughterhouses
  • Using hidden cameras, thoroughly document conditions and practices in the above-mentioned facilities, paying particular attention to animal welfare issues and criminal activities 
  • Maintain daily records and communications with the director of investigations during the course of an investigation
  • Review, compile, and transmit footage, photographs, and notes to the director of investigations 
  • Retain strict cover and confidentiality in relation to all investigations and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case
  • Sustain a professional work ethic and meet or exceed all job expectations of the secondary employer while maintaining cover and following all federal and local laws
  • Be available to meet with law enforcement and provide testimony for all legal proceedings resulting from an investigation 
  • Follow all human resource and operational procedures of Mercy For Animals
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the director of investigations

Position Requirements:

  • Highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude
  • Ability to work independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments
  • Exceptional research and organizational skills
  • 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
  • Strongly preferred Spanish fluency

Undercover Investigator (Canada)

Undercover Investigator (Canada)

Terms of Employment: Full Time Permanent
Reports to: Director of Investigations
Position Location: This job requires moving to and living in various areas across Canada for weeks or months at a time.

Position Objective:

To obtain employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses across the country in order to document conditions in these facilities for use in MFA’s legal advocacy, corporate outreach and education efforts. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather evidence necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Travel throughout Canada to apply for and obtain employment in the animal agriculture industry, including factory farms, hatcheries, livestock markets, and slaughterhouses
  • Using hidden cameras, thoroughly document conditions and practices in the above mentioned facilities, paying particular attention to animal welfare issues and criminal activities 
  • Maintain daily records and communications with the Director of Investigations during the course of the investigation
  • Review, compile and transmit footage, photographs and notes to the Director of Investigations 
  • Retain strict cover and confidentiality in relation to all investigations and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case
  • Sustain a professional work ethic and meet or exceed all job expectations of the secondary employer while maintaining cover and following all federal and local laws
  • Be available to meet with law enforcement and provide testimony for all legal proceedings resulting from an investigation 
  • Follow all human resource and operational procedures of Mercy For Animals
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Director of Investigations

Position Requirements:

  • The highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude
  • Capability to work independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments
  • Exceptional research and organizational skills
  • 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
  • Strong preference given to candidates who are fluent in Québécois

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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 Hiddema

Managing Director, Canada

Krista Hiddema 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.  

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.  

Sarah Von Alt

Communications Specialist

Sarah Von Alt serves as communications specialist, overseeing the creation of content for MFA's blogs and social media. Sarah joined the team in her home state of Ohio, where she organized grassroots outreach and worked with volunteers. Her creativity, willingness to learn, and drive make her the perfect fit for our ever growing social media presence. Sarah shares her life with her rescue mutt, Frannie, who loves coming to the office for a hard day of napping. 

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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