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Animal Welfare Specialist

Animal Welfare Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: Flexible

Position Objective:

To support Mercy For Animals’ corporate outreach by reviewing the most current research on farmed animal welfare, determining the highest animal welfare standards, and advocating for those standards, with a primary focus on Latin America and Brazil

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conducting comprehensive reviews of current scientific literature on farmed animal welfare, including animal behavior in natural and artificial conditions
  • Drafting white papers on welfare issues primarily concerning farmed animal welfare in Latin America and Brazil
  • Developing data-oriented strategies for measuring variables that affect farmed animal welfare to determine priority issues and best practices
  • Determining least cruel production and slaughter practices for farmed animals with a focus on Latin America and Brazil
  • Drafting MFA’s recommended farmed animal welfare standards for the animal species most farmed, with a focus on Latin America and Brazil
  • Meeting with business leaders alongside MFA’s director of corporate outreach to advocate for MFA’s recommended farmed animal welfare standards
  • Attending conferences and presenting on behalf of MFA on farmed animal welfare issues
  • Providing expert commentary on investigative footage to law enforcement and media
  • Collaborating with director of corporate outreach on all projects and corporate engagement

Position Requirements:         

  • Degree in zoology, animal science, veterinary medicine, or related discipline with a preferred focus on farmed animals
  • Strong English language skills required; ability to also speak Spanish and/or Portuguese is a very strong plus
  • Analytical and data-driven thinking
  • Quantitative skills and proficiency in basic data analysis
  • Ability to review research exhaustively and distill it to the most important points
  • Ability to translate complex topics into digestible terms
  • Preferred access to trade research databases
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Utmost organization and efficiency
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Collegial personality conducive to teamwork
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

Apparel Graphic Designer

Apparel Graphic Designer

Terms of Employment: Independent Contractor
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Position Objective:

Create artwork for apparel graphics and embellishments that is versatile across styles and accords with the message, target audience, and style guidelines of Mercy For Animals; and bring an exceptional eye for fresh garment design, typography, photography, illustration, and branding while collaborating cross functionally in order to stay in line with business needs, current retail market trends, and overall brand direction

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create apparel graphics based on MFA merchandising concepts from outline to final vendor-ready art
  • Collaborate with design department to develop and execute seasonal deliverables
  • Interpret trend boards and directions for design in order to develop graphics
  • Partner with designers to ensure a cohesive product for each season
  • Prepare print-ready artwork for vendors
  • Assist with troubleshooting prototypes

Position Requirements:

  • Compelling graphic design portfolio illustrating design skills and experience
  • Two to four years’ staff or freelance experience in apparel graphics
  • Experience in menswear and womenswear
  • Advanced proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in color separation and technical details
  • Strong illustration and typography skills
  • Ability to work well in a team, take direction, and demonstrate initiative

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will, Non-exempt
Reports to: Global Volunteer Manager
Position Location: Los Angeles, Chicago, or Remote

 

Position Objective:

To assist in overseeing and expanding Mercy For Animals’ volunteer base and facilitating volunteers’ engagement in grassroots vegan advocacy efforts, such as leafleting, Paid-Per-View events, and other cost-effective vegan and farmed animal advocacy work.

 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

 

  • Communicate with MFA volunteers to inform them of ways to volunteer with the organization and advocate for farmed animal protection and vegan eating in their own communities
  • Carry out event planning and organization, including signing up and organizing volunteers, sending out supplies, and conducting follow-up for tabling at major festivals and participation in key parades in North America
  • Coordinate event announcement emails and creation of Facebook event pages for all outreach activities
  • Regularly communicate with all volunteers to encourage them to get or stay active volunteering with MFA
  • Liaise with other vegan advocacy groups to coordinate volunteers for mutually beneficial events and to share ideas and best practices.
  • Assist with general volunteer organization through recordkeeping in spreadsheets and other documents
  • Manage education department interns and campaign assistants in California, Chicago, and remote locations
  • Work closely with other MFA staff to recruit volunteers when needed by other departments
  • Travel to and help run MFA events in the United States and Canada as needed 

Position Requirements:      

  • Thorough knowledge of farmed animal protection and vegan eating issues
  • Proven exceptional organizational skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • 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

 

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and a pleasant vegan work environment.

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan. For all job postings regardless of location: Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Campaign Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 活动专员

Campaign Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 活动专员

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Independent Contractor
Reports to: Global Campaigns Manager
Position Location: Hong Kong preferred, China and Taiwan also possible

 

Position Objective:

Direct and manage campaigns to encourage and assist major food retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, consumer packaged goods companies, producers, and other food industry entities to bring about improved farmed animal welfare policies

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Communicate with executives at food industry companies to encourage animal welfare policy changes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China
  • Execute negative publicity campaigns against major food industry companies to bring about animal welfare improvements in their supply chains
  • Manage various aspects of campaigns, including volunteer engagement, social media postings, leafleting, materials production, and similar project areas
  • Conduct detailed research into food industry companies and opportunities for applying campaign pressure against companies
  • Maintain exceedingly strong relationships with other nonprofit organizations working to drive animal welfare improvements at major food companies
  • Review campaign strategies with legal department to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • Keep up to date on new campaign tactics used by similar organizations and create and implement novel campaign tactics
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Mercy For Animals at press and industry events, conferences, and other events as needed
  • Adhere to all MFA human resource and administrative policies and procedures
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor 

Position Requirements:

  • Two years’ experience in nonprofit advocacy, corporate affairs, or a related field (preferred)
  • Comfort with confrontation and running aggressive negative publicity campaigns as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally and persuasively
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and relationships at once
  • Exceptionally strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Independent self-starter with competitive drive
  • Willingness and ability to travel when necessary
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the organization
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle

If you have any questions about this job posting or suggestions on how to improve this posting please email emh@MercyForAnimals.org

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

Campaign Coordinator, India

Campaign Coordinator, India

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Global Campaigns Manager

Position Location: India

To provide creative research for sustained pressure campaigns to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout global food supply chains and to strategize and execute such campaigns

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Research key details of major corporations, including corporate structure, history, animal welfare standards, leadership, social media handles, and affiliates
  • Draft and post petitions and petition updates, collaborating with petition campaigners as necessary
  • Facilitate video development for campaigns, including drafting video scripts, creating video concepts in collaboration with video editors, collaborating with voiceover actors, and facilitating video posting on YouTube, including drafting YouTube titles and text
  • Draft letters to board members, shareholders, and other key stakeholders in targeted corporations
  • Manage logistics of advertisement placement in newspapers, creation of mobile billboards, coordination of demonstration tours, and other creative tactics
  • Coordinate with Communications Department on celebrity asks, drafting celebrity letters, and general campaign promotion
  • Coordinate with Education Department to mobilize volunteers to take action on campaigns, including calls and texts to corporate decision makers and social media action
  • Draft and post blogs related to campaigns and corporate outreach successes
  • Develop websites related to campaigns and update sites per corporate successes
  • Coordinate with Education Department to post Facebook ads for campaigns, including drafting language, working with designers on ad designs, and working with Legal Department to ensure compliance

Position Requirements:         

  • Self-motivation, resourcefulness, and creative research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in campaigning, grassroots organizing, communications, public relations, issue advocacy, or related area
  • Degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Willingness and ability to travel 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Development Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 发展专员

Development Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 发展专员

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Independent Contractor
Reports to: Vice President of Development
Position Location:  Position Location: Hong Kong preferred, China and Taiwan also possible

  

Position Objective:

To serve as a member of the development project team and oversee planning and implementation of annual fundraising programs for Mercy For Animals in Asia, including online and direct mail appeals, recurring gifts, and peer-to-peer campaigns

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Coordinate development department calendar of appeals, events, and other fundraising activities
  • Manage fundraising appeals process for online and direct mail campaigns and serve as liaison to outside service vendors
  • Oversee and create expansion strategy for recurring gifts program
  • In partnership with the vice president of development, create strategy to formally incorporate peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns into MFA’s fundraising program
  • Manage all other revenue channels
  • Generate regular fundraising performance reports
  • Serve as a member of the development project team to assist with donor relations, database development and maintenance, event planning, and other joint projects within the department
  • Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan for MFA Asia that includes all revenue streams (online giving, major gifts, events, etc.)
  • Cultivate major donor support
  • Create online annual fundraising campaigns
  • Manage all donor relations and communications
  • Design, produce, and manage fundraising events
  • Develop a network of contacts for the organization
  • Identify and implement innovative fundraising ideas
  • Work closely with the vice president and communications coordinator for MFA Asia as needed
  • Develop monthly reports with progress and analysis of each revenue stream
  • Identify any barriers to success in reaching fundraising targets
  • Adhere to all human resource and administrative policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor

Minimum Requirements:

  • Previous experience with fundraising or events
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate persuasively
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Initiative, flexibility, and creativity
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Drive)
  • Fluency in English
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the organization
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle

If you have any questions about this job posting or suggestions on how to improve this posting please email emh@MercyForAnimals.org 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

Director of Education

Director of Education

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will (or equivalent), Exempt
Reports to: Executive Vice President
Position Location: Flexible

Position Objective:

To oversee and manage the organization’s public meat reduction advocacy efforts by working with department staff and volunteers on public educational campaigns promoting vegan eating and farmed animal protection, including online and media advertising campaigns and national outreach

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage implementation of effective national outreach strategies to inspire the public to move toward a compassionate vegan diet
  • Facilitate local domestic and international grassroots outreach, such as leafleting and Paid-Per-View events, through oversight and support of volunteer coordinators
  • Manage implementation and analysis of Mercy For Animals’ national and international vegan advocacy advertising campaigns
  • Maintain, improve, and promote MFA’s vegan advocacy literature and websites, including ChooseVeg.com and MeatVideo.com, and create additional related content as necessary
  • Manage international staffers and contractors carrying out educational programming to ensure program success
  • Oversee MFA’s data analytics to ensure programs are optimally run and to assist with program decision making
  • Manage and oversee MFA’s viral video production and sourcing efforts as necessary
  • Maintain positive working relationships with other leaders in the vegan advocacy movement in order to build knowledge and opportunities
  • Work closely with MFA’s executive vice president, other directors, and key staff to help ensure the organization’s efforts are synergistically coordinated
  • Keep informed of local and national issues, research, and advocacy related to farmed animal welfare and veg eating

Position Requirements:         

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in management
  • Demonstrated managerial experience and ability to motivate, inspire, and lead remote staff
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and MFA’s campaigns
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • 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

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries. US based employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Finance Manager

Finance Manager

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Position Objective:

To oversee the financial management of Mercy For Animals’ global operations through localized partnerships with accounting firms and regional staff; and to serve as primary liaison and workflow manager between staff, auditors, and accountants in the U.S. and Canada

Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Prepare budgets and forecasts, analyze financial performance, and monitor cash flow for a budget of up to $16 million (Revenue streams include membership and foundation support, and individual and corporate giving in six primary countries of operation.)
  • Design, implement, and manage systems and procedures to support project planning, budgeting, and tracking to ensure reconciliation and compliance with financial policies
  • Support international staff and accounting firms with best practices, troubleshooting, and monthly reconciliation
  • Oversee U.S. and Canadian credit card accounts, manage transaction card flow, and reconcile accounts payable and receivable in partnership with MFA’s accounting firm
  • Prepare monthly global financial reports and provide updates on financial status to key leadership
  • Process monthly payroll contributions and prepare annual financial payroll compliance testing for U.S. and Canada in partnership with human resources
  • Manage independent audit of financial statements; preparation of local, federal, and state or provincial tax returns; and compliance with local, federal, and state or provincial reporting obligations in U.S. and Canada
  • Maintain relationships with external auditors and international accounting firms, bankers, and legal counsel to determine best practices

Position Requirements:

  • CPA or bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration
  • Five to seven years’ professional experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Google Sheets, and QuickBooks (preferred)
  • Proven track record of budgeting, forecasting, and project planning
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and meet deadlines
  • Work experience in nonprofit finance (preferred)
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and a pleasant vegan work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Frontend Developer

Frontend Developer

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will, Non-exempt
Reports to: Director of IT
Position Location: Los Angeles or Remote
 

Position Objective:

Assist IT Department with maintaining existing code, fixing bugs deemed low to medium complexity by the direct supervisor, and adding new functionality that requires working knowledge of the language

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Update existing web pages and applications written in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS
  • Conduct quality assurance testing on MFA websites, web applications, and systems in relation to frontend scripting
  • Complete low- to medium-priority tasks in a timely manner as assigned by supervisor
  • Add new functionality to existing assets or assist senior developers in creating new assets
  • Mentor less experienced developers
  • Communicate with staff about IT support requests and fulfill requests in a timely and professional manner
  • Keep on top of new trends for websites, apps, and social media integration
 
Position Requirements:
 
  • Four to eight years’ work experience in an HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS environment
  • Working knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS
  • Working knowledge of WordPress
  • Ability to create and maintain WordPress themes and plugins
  • Knowledge of Linux systems
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
 
Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
 
Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Frontend Developer (With App Experience)

Frontend Developer (With App Experience)

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will, Non-exempt
Reports to: Director of IT
Position Location: Los Angeles or Remote
 

Position Objective:

Assist IT Department with maintaining existing code, fixing bugs deemed low to medium complexity by the direct supervisor, and adding new functionality that requires working knowledge of the language

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Update existing web pages and applications written in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS
  • Conduct quality assurance testing on MFA websites, web applications, and systems in relation to frontend scripting
  • Complete low- to medium-priority tasks in a timely manner as assigned by supervisor
  • Add new functionality to existing assets or assist senior developers in creating new assets
  • Mentor less experienced developers
  • Communicate with staff about IT support requests and fulfill requests in a timely and professional manner
  • Keep on top of new trends for websites, apps, and social media integration

Position Requirements:

  • Four to eight years’ work experience in an HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS environment
  • Working knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and SASS
  • Working knowledge of WordPress
  • Two to four years' experience creating nonnative applications using Phonegap, Cordova, or Ionic
  • Ability to create and maintain WordPress themes and plugins
  • Knowledge of Linux systems
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
 
Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
 
Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Information Technology Specialist

Information Technology Specialist

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will, Non-exempt
Reports to: Director of Information Technology
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Position Objective:

Perform all non-web development duties in relation to hardware and software maintenance and upgrades for all local and remote Mercy For Animals departments

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Install and maintain in-house virtual private networks
  • Maintain reliable in-office network
  • Monitor local and remote server health and security
  • Work with the director of IT to ensure security and proper functioning of servers, networks, and other systems
  • Work with the director of IT to draft and enforce secure passwords and data backups
  • Set up new computers, hardware, and software for employees
  • Assist local and remote staff with standard troubleshooting

Position Requirements:

  • Four to eight years of relevant work experience
  • Experience with network security
  • Knowledge of Linux, Mac, and Windows systems
  • Ability to recognize the technological needs of the organization
  • Experience providing technical support to constituents with varied technological backgrounds
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and meet deadlines
  • Professional appearance with a friendly, positive, and customer-service-oriented personality
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
 
Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Lead Writer

Lead Writer

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Vice President of Communications
Position Location: Flexible

 

Position Objective:

To lead a team of writers who will create written communications for various departments at Mercy For Animals and to draft and produce written materials, including but not limited to blog posts, press releases, and web pages.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Draft press releases, blog posts, web content, and other written materials for various MFA departments
  • Work closely with staff to ensure objective of requested written content is understood
  • Follow up with staff as needed to confirm written materials are accurate, thorough, and complete
  • Receive and incorporate feedback from staff members on written materials
  • Fact-check as needed
  • Establish timelines, meet deadlines, and manage workflow
  • Supervise, delegate, and assign incoming writing projects to other writers
  • Set goals for training current and new writers
  • Ensure written communications adhere to MFA’s editorial standards across multiple platforms and formats
  • Adhere to all human resource and administrative policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in writing, English, or related field
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a managerial writing position
  • Superior written communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of or willingness to learn Google Docs
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Proven organizational skills
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the organization
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Media Production Coordinator

Media Production Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Full-time, At Will, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Media Production Manager
Position Location: Flexible

 

Position Objective:

To work with the Media Production Manager in creating and distributing online educational videos related to farmed animals, factory farming, plant-based eating, and related topics, and to assist with other media and writing-related tasks as needed.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in creating compelling, viral-worthy educational videos by writing video scripts and compiling assets, including Mercy For Animals’ undercover footage, stock footage, and other content
  • Brainstorm creative video ideas and work with the Media Production Manager and Education Department video editors to bring them to fruition
  • Ensure all videos are quickly and accurately modified and translated for distribution on MFA’s international social platforms
  • Collect data on the impact of the viral video program across all social media platforms, both domestic and international
  • Liaise with other animal protection nonprofits, as well as other organizations, companies, and outlets, to broaden the distribution of MFA’s videos beyond its social channels
  • Create and maintain a categorized library of MFA’s most compelling video footage for use in educational videos
  • Search for existing online videos that align with MFA’s messaging to share on MFA’s social media channels
  • Assist in coordinating MFA’s volunteer writers group, oINK, and work to grow participation in the program
  • Assist with other writing and media projects as assigned by the Media Production Manager
  • Keep informed of online video and social media trends
  • Keep informed of local and national issues, research, and advocacy work related to farmed animal welfare and vegan/vegetarian eating

Position requirements:

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Prior experience with video scriptwriting a plus
  • Ability to communicate information concisely, persuasively, and artfully
  • High degree of organization and attention to detail
  • Excitement about the role of video in animal advocacy
  • Drive to explore data-driven best practices and effective ways to inspire behavior change through online media
  • Solid understanding of animal rights issues
  • Support for MFA’s philosophy and ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the organization
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

 

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries. US based employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

National Volunteer Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 全国志愿者专员

National Volunteer Coordinator (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan) 全国志愿者专员

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Independent Contractor
Reports to: Global Volunteer Manager
Position Location: Position Location: Hong Kong preferred, China and Taiwan also possible

 

Position Objective:

To assist with overseeing and expanding the organization’s volunteer base and grassroots outreach, such as leafleting and other cost-effective vegan and farmed animal advocacy work; and to help facilitate volunteer support of Mercy For Animals’ programs in Asia

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Recruit new MFA volunteers and communicate regularly with them to support their volunteer work and help keep them active with the organization
  • Monitor all communication systems that are used to contact volunteers, including email lists, WeChat, Facebook internal pages, contact lists, and WhatsApp groups, and manage a regional calendar of volunteer activities and events
  • Maintain strong relationships with MFA’s most active, "A-List" volunteers to develop their outreach capabilities and keep them engaged, motivated, and happy
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date inventory of MFA printed materials and ensure the timely delivery of such materials to volunteers
  • Establish specific goals for the participation of volunteers in each province in collaboration with the vice president for MFA Asia and the MFA global volunteer manager
  • Organize outreach and training tours throughout the region with local volunteer coordinators as directed
  • Work closely with other MFA staff members to ensure that the organization's efforts are coordinated synergistically throughout Asia
  • Proactively identify, recruit, and help onboard volunteers who can respond to specific needs of various MFA departments in activities such as monitoring of social networks and email, corporate outreach, and research
  • Stay up to date on the latest research and data on effective meat-reduction advocacy
  • Adhere to all human resource and administrative policies and procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the vice president or the global volunteer manager 

Position Requirements:       

  • Thorough knowledge of diet change advocacy research, strategies, and effectiveness
  • Exceptionally high level of organization
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization and ability to professionally advocate all of MFA’s positions
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English and Standard Chinese
  • Preferred fluency in Cantonese
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a vegetarian or vegan diet

 If you have any questions about this job posting or suggestions on how to improve this posting please email emh@MercyForAnimals.org

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

Operations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator

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

Position Objective:

To assist the director of operations in day-to-day office functions; serve as organization’s representative at MFA headquarters during normal business hours; respond to general phone and email inquiries; and provide accounting, vendor, and logistical support

 Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage all means of general inquiry, including telephones, visitor reception, mail, shipping, and general MFA email account
  • Take primary responsibility for day-to-day office functions, including photocopying, scanning, ordering and stocking office supplies, monitoring and payment of utilities, and maintaining storefront
  • Process general office payment requests and staff reimbursement requests
  • Utilize QuickBooks to complete bookkeeping tasks assigned by supervisor and CPA
  • Manage online expense reporting program and travel tool Concur
  • Assist staff with Concur usage and training
  • Assist with Corporate Card program and card maintenance
  • Monitor credit limits
  • Maintain organization’s electronics inventory
  • Assist with annual audit
  • Provide administrative and accounting support to directors
  • Coordinate and schedule organization-wide staff meetings
  • Create and distribute meeting agendas, attachments, and information decks

Position Requirements:         

  • Two to four years of relevant office experience, preferably including bookkeeping
  • Proficiency in use of office software, including QuickBooks Online and Google
  • Detail-orientation and well-organized work style
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn a variety of processes and use of new software
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and a pleasant vegan work environment.

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Staff Attorney: Corporate Outreach

Staff Attorney: Corporate Outreach

Terms of Employment: Part-Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: General Counsel
Position Location: Los Angeles, CA; or Remote

Position Objective:

To provide legal support and guidance to Mercy For Animals’ U.S. and international corporate outreach departments and ensure all campaign materials and correspondence published by the organization are legally compliant

Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Review all documents created by MFA’s U.S. and international corporate outreach departments in furtherance of their corporate campaigns and edit, as necessary, for compliance with applicable laws and policies
  • Research, analyze, and develop expertise in U.S. and international laws and policies concerning free speech, defamation, and intellectual property
  • Manage and assist MFA’s corporate outreach efforts by drafting documents and attending meetings
  • Oversee and coordinate with MFA’s international corporate outreach staff attorneys
  • Respond to communications from companies that are the subject of current or proposed MFA corporate campaigns
  • Handle any other legal issues that may arise during the day-to-day operations of MFA’s corporate outreach work
  • Create and maintain close working relationships with MFA attorneys in Brazil, Mexico, India, and China who are performing similar work for the organization
  • Work with the animal welfare specialist and members of the corporate outreach department to help determine appropriate content for new campaigns
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with attorneys in private practice and other animal protection organizations performing similar work

Position Requirements:                 

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred minimum of three to five years’ experience in constitutional law, intellectual property, or defamation matters
  • Ability to work well in a team setting at a fast pace
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized work style
  • Proven exceptional organizational and writing skills
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Mercy For Animals offers competitive salaries, benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Staff Attorney, India

Staff Attorney, India

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, At Will
Reports to: General Counsel
Position Location: India 

 

Position Objective: To assist MFA’s legal advocacy efforts in India by advocating 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 all relevant 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 through legislation
  • Undertake thorough and accurate legal review of corporate campaign materials
  • Research, develop, and implement proactive legal initiatives, including lawsuits, petitions, and complaints to government 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 other animal protection organizations and attorneys in private practice
  • Follow all human resource and operational procedures
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Position Requirements:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred minimum of five years’ experience practicing law
  • Fluency in English
  • 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

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Vice President for MFA Asia (Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan) 亚洲副主席

Vice President for MFA Asia (Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan) 亚洲副主席

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Independent Contractor
Reports to: Executive Vice President
Position Location: Position Location: Hong Kong preferred, China and Taiwan also possible

 

Position Objective:

Oversee Mercy For Animals’ work in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, including staying abreast of all programs and activities, managing new hires and key relationships, and assisting with all strategic decisions

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Help identify, recruit, interview, and select new staff and contractors in Hong Kong and China
  • Create and build relationships with key companies, supporters, politicians, and others to grow MFA’s reach and impact
  • Ensure there is strong team cohesion and high morale among all staff and contractors in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, and help develop the necessary processes and communication channels to make this happen
  • Assist with development, corporate outreach, and public policy work as needed
  • Help execute any and all program areas for which dedicated staff have not yet been hired or for which vacancies have arisen, including translation, operations and human resources, creating and sharing social media content, and creating and sharing blogs
  • Serve as a spokesperson for MFA at press conferences and other events
  • Work closely with other vice presidents and management to ensure program activities in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan are maximally successful and culturally appropriate
  • Help develop MFA’s presence in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan with optimal tone, approach, positioning, and branding
  • Provide all necessary support for departments in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan to achieve their goals
  • Maintain strong working relationships with other nonprofit organizations working on farmed animal welfare and other causes related to MFA’s mission
  • Identify new opportunities for program growth, including novel programming, fundraising, and partnerships in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan

Position Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally and persuasively both verbally and in writing
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Keen judgment, including with respect to choosing MFA staff
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and relationships at once
  • Willingness and ability to travel with great frequency
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and Standard Chinese
  • Preferred fluency in Cantonese
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

If you have any questions about this job posting or suggestions on how to improve this posting please email emh@MercyForAnimals.org

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy For Animals provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. MFA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

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Our Team

Changing Hearts. Changing Minds. Changing the World.

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 international 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 25, Nathan became the youngest person ever inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

 

Nick Cooney

Executive Vice President

Nick Cooney serves as executive vice president, overseeing MFA’s advocacy efforts, corporate outreach, and fundraising. 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.

Matt Rice

Executive Vice President

Matt Rice, our executive vice president, works with MFA’s Investigations, Legal Advocacy, Communications, Development, and Operations departments. A former U.S. Marine, Matt now has well over a decade of experience in the animal protection movement, coordinating cutting-edge campaigns, releasing hard-hitting undercover investigations, and helping secure landmark criminal animal cruelty convictions against animal abusers.

Jake Morton

Vice President of Operations

Jake Morton is our vice president of operations, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations, finances, IT, merchandise, and human resources. 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.

Robin Moler

Director of Philanthropy

Robin Moler, our Director of Philanthropy, loves to share MFA’s impact and vision with our supporters, whose generous investments are changing the lives of millions of farmed animals. After watching footage of a brutalized pig, Robin quickly decided she could do the most good by focusing on farmed animal advocacy. That was 26 years ago and it has been her passion ever since. Her family of six includes four rescued cats and an exceedingly affectionate Chihuahua. 

Ari Solomon

Vice President of Communications

Ari Solomon is our vice president of communications, managing all things social media. He also serves as the liaison to celebrities involved in MFA’s campaigns. Ari is a prolific writer whose 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.

David Powell

Director of Information Technology

David Powell is our director of IT. Although he grew up on a standard Southern diet, David made the transition to a vegan lifestyle after watching his father suffer though a triple bypass and researching in depth the human diet and animal agriculture. David works alongside his four cats: Queenie, Google, Lambchop, and Aussie.

Brooke Mays

Editor in Chief

Brooke Mays, MFA’s editor in chief, reviews all of MFA’s written material. 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!

Cailen LaBarge

Staff Attorney

Cailen LaBarge serves as staff attorney for operations, assisting the general counsel with nonprofit administration, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues as well as proactive litigation. After an animal law clerkship opened her eyes to the suffering of farmed animals, Cailen became an advocate and a vegan. Cailen lives with her best friend, a pup named Floyd.

Cody Carlson

Staff Attorney

Cody Carlson serves as our staff attorney handling legislative affairs. A former MFA undercover investigator, Cody was inspired to go to law school after seeing factory farm suffering firsthand. Cody now works to pass laws improving conditions for farmed animals nationwide and to defeat “ag gag” laws that aim to turn his fellow investigators into criminals.

Alice Müller Coleman

Executive Assistant

Alice Müller Coleman serves as our executive assistant, providing high-level project execution and administrative support. Alice declared her transition to vegetarianism at the mere age of five thanks to the realization that all species were created equal. During her university days, she discovered that the dairy and meat industries were one and the same and quit all animal products for good. Grateful to live in Los Angeles, which happens to be her hometown and the vegan mecca, she shares her life with rescued companion animals Oliver Twist, Tesla, and Bob Dylan. Alice spends her spare time playing outdoors and seeking new vegan eats, sweets, and treats. 

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas

Philanthropy Officer

Kelcey Meadows-Lucas serves as philanthropy officer, helping our donors fulfill their dreams of ending farmed animal cruelty. Adopting a feisty terrier 15 years ago opened her heart to all animals. Kelcey soon became vegan and dedicated her life to helping animals. She brings more than a decade of fundraising experience to her position. Kelcey shares her home with her still feisty dog, Patches, his sister, Maizy, and her husband and toddler son.

John Karas

Philanthropy Officer

John Karas is our philanthropy officer for the East Coast and the South. He works with friends and supporters who wish to match their personal philanthropic goals with MFA strategic initiatives. John is a graduate student researcher of social change and brings more than a decade of development experience to his position. John and his wife are parents of three great kids and share their home with adopted cats Rico and Captain, and rescue labs Baylor and Lola.

Mikael Nielsen

Global Campaigns Manager

Mikael Nielsen is our global campaigns manager, running international campaigns against major food retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, consumer packaged goods companies, producers, and other food industry entities to bring about improved farmed animal welfare policies around the world. While Mikael had always been an animal lover, it was a friendly turkey on TV that inspired him to become veg in 1996.

Susan Weingartner

Events Director

Susan Weingartner is our events director, 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.

Liz Quick

Development Manager

Liz Quick serves as our development manager and supervises all of MFA’s fundraising campaigns. Liz went vegan after becoming aware of the harsh realities of factory farming. She lives in sunny Los Angeles and is a proud pug mama to her very, very lazy pug, Penny.

Jamie Berger

Media Production Manager

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

 

Kate Ziegler

Research and Investigations Manager

Kate Ziegler is our research and investigations manager, 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.

Mark Devries

Special Projects Coordinator, Investigations

Mark Devries serves as special projects coordinator for investigations, assisting MFA undercover investigators who are in the field. Mark analyzes investigative footage and also conducts economic and corporate research. He is producer and director of Speciesism: The Movie, which is widely used as an introduction to animal rights. He also directed the world's first drone-based investigation of factory farming, which has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide.

Paula Tejeda-Moncrief

Investigations and Research Associate

Paula serves as investigations and research associate, analyzing footage gathered by our undercover investigators and conducting research on animal agriculture operations. She adopted a plant-based diet while writing her thesis about the history of the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals in college.

Sarah Von Alt

Communications and Content Manager

Sarah Von Alt serves as communications and content manager, 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. 

Joe Loria

Communications and Content Manager

Joe Loria serves as our communications and content manager, researching new social opportunities and creating content. Experienced in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, he has been instrumental to the success of numerous PR and social media campaigns. Upon discovering the horrors faced by farmed animals, Joe decided to become vegan. He is currently a proud cat dad to his fancy feline, Scout.

Matthew Scheer

Senior Graphic Designer

Matthew Scheer serves as our senior graphic designer. Matthew has worked with MFA for more than six years and takes great pride in working for the organization that encouraged him to live with a more compassionate heart. He shares his home with his partner, Cody, and their two adorable rescued animals, Pinch and Piper.

Sara Laycock

Campaigns Manager

Sara Laycock serves as the corporate outreach team’s campaigns manager, helping develop campaigns to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout their global supply chains. She is an experienced lobbyist and community economic development advocate. Sara became vegan for her health, the environment, and most of all, for the animals. Sara and her husband, Rob, live in Denver, Colorado, with their mighty mutts Ruby and Cora.

Brian Alexander

Campaign Coordinator

Brian Alexander serves as a campaign coordinator, working to push major corporations to eliminate cruel practices throughout their supply chains. He went vegan when he realized that there were no fundamental differences between the animals we love and the ones we exploit. This realization prompted a dramatic career change that began with a stint in our volunteer campaign assistant program.

Emily Hatch

Campaign Coordinator

Emily Hatch serves as a U.S. campaign coordinator, planning and executing campaigns that urge food companies to adopt and expand animal welfare policies. A longtime vegetarian, Emily studied moral philosophy, animal rights, and business in college. She became vegan after reading Animal Liberation and dreams of a future in which all animals are treated with kindness and respect. 

Tammy Borchert

Merchandise Manager

Tammy Borchert serves as our merchandise manager, 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.

Tessa Urbanovich

Special Projects Coordinator, Education

Tessa Urbanovich is Special Projects Coordinator, supporting people in their endeavors to create a more compassionate world. At a young age, Tessa knew she wanted to be a voice for animals. Tessa is ecstatic to work with MFA to inspire compassion and end cruelty. She loves goats, tall trees, and aromatic candles.

Alan Darer

Global Education Manager

Alan Darer is our global education manager. 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!

Shayna Rowbotham

Global Volunteer Manager

Shayna Rowbotham is our global volunteer manager, mobilizing activists around the world. She has always been passionate about animals, but it was undercover factory farm footage that prompted her to get active and advocate for farmed animals. Shayna and her partner, Sean, share their lives with their beautiful and spunky Chihuahua, Marchesa.

Erin Kwiatkowski

Vegetarian Support Specialist

Erin Kwiatkowski serves as our U.S. vegetarian support specialist, providing assistance and resources to folks interested in cutting meat and other animal products from their diets. Erin adopted a vegetarian diet 18 years ago, after reading about the horrors of factory farming, but felt a bit lost and lonely without a community. It took some trial, error, and exploration, but she finally found her happy place as a vegan. You can catch Erin in Chicago running with her rescue pup, Kitty the Pitty, playing roller derby, or tilling the soil at her local community garden.

Nicole Furlan

Senior Frontend Developer

Nicole Furlan serves as one of our web developers, and has been working to protect all animals ever since her dog saved her life. A nearly lifelong vegetarian, she became vegan after watching undercover factory farming footage. She also advocates against all forms of discrimination — including unfairly stereotyped dog breeds — and shares her home with her husband, Billy, and two loving rescued pit bulls, Brady and Bruno.

Hammer Vasquez

Frontend Developer

Hammer Vasquez utilizes his web-developer superpowers to defend the voiceless. He became vegan out of compassion for animals and the realization that animal-product consumption is highly detrimental to human health. He has embraced a whole foods, plant-based diet with the occasional indulgence in vegan treats. He and his family have adopted a stray black cat whom they have named Elvira (though she really answers only to "Cat").

Gus Mueller

Senior Backend Developer

Gus Mueller likes to make things out of other things. In fact, he's been transforming caffeinated beverages into parts of the web for the past 20 years. A lover of nature and all things animal, he finally broke his addiction to cheese pizza and went vegan after being snowed in for two weeks with only vegan fare. Today he works as one of our web developers. 

Cameron McBride

Junior Frontend Developer

Cameron McBride serves as our junior frontend 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.

Jess Westberg

Video Editor

Jess Westberg serves as a video editor. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she has worked in video post production and animation for many years, primarily in the realm of advertising, but also on a few television shows and documentaries. As a committed vegan who has been passionate about animal rights and protection for close to 20 years, Jess is excited to offer her professional skills to a cause that she really believes in. Jess shares her home with her adopted dogs Pickles and Daisy.     

Krystal Caldwell

Statistics and Data Analytics Manager

Krystal Caldwell is our statistics and data analytics manager, responsible for research design, data analysis, and testing. She dedicates her time to improving the lives of animals because there are no justifiable reasons to treat animals with anything but respect.

Lydia Harris

Fellowship Outreach Coordinator

Lydia C. Harris is our fellowship outreach coordinator, overseeing our campus fellowship program at universities across the U.S. and the U.K. She teaches students how to be effective animal advocates and reach as many of their peers as possible with a message of compassion. Lydia has been vegan for almost three years and vegetarian for nearly a decade. She currently lives in Brooklyn with seven roommates, only four of whom are human.

International

Krista Hiddema

Vice President, Canada

Krista Hiddema serves as vice president 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.

Blanka Alfaro

Vice President, Mexico

Blanka Alfaro serves as our vice president for MFA in Mexico, 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

 

Lucas Alvarenga

Vice President, Brazil

Lucas Alvarenga serves as vice president for MFA in Brazil. As a marketing professional, he was a serial entrepreneur in the digital arena. After deciding to dedicate his life to helping animals, he created Veggo.co, partnered with the Brazilian Vegetarian Society on a 21-Day Meatless Challenge, and organized Festival Veggo, the largest Brazilian vegan funfest. Lucas celebrated his 15th vegetarianism birthday by joining MFA’s team.

Subru Santakumar

Communications Coordinator: India

Subrahmanian Santakumar (Subru) serves as our communications coordinator in India. He reaches out to our Indian audience through social media and other avenues of communication, manages volunteers and outreach efforts, and serves as a liaison to activists and other organizations in the country. A resident of Bangalore, Subru is a passionate animal lover and wildlife photographer. He volunteered in animal rescue and rehabilitation for several years while maintaining a senior role at a telecommunications firm. After a career of more than 16 years in the corporate world, he has followed his heart to work for animals full time!

Fiona Wong

Communications Coordinator: Hong Kong

Fiona Wong, our Hong Kong communications coordinator, manages our initiatives in China. MFA’s video Farm to Fridge inspired Fiona to go vegan at the age of 18. Fiona’s only regret is that she did not discover the truth behind slaughterhouses earlier and save more lives. Fiona views working for MFA as a dream come true. She currently shares her home with rescued cats Mimi and Lanlan.

Eduarda Nedeff

Corporate Outreach Manager: Brazil

Eduarda Schiefler Nedeff, our campaign outreach manager in Brazil, pushes major corporations to adopt and expand animal welfare policies in order to rid their supply chains of cruel practices. After cutting meat out of her diet, Eduarda gave veganism a chance and has never looked back. A lifelong animal lover, she now lives with two rescued companion cats, Kaue and Jingle. Eduarda is beyond happy to dedicate herself full-time time to helping more and more animals every day

Christina Wilson

Campaign Coordinator: Canada

Christina Wilson is the campaign coordinator for MFA in Canada where she works with major food retailers and producers to improve living conditions for farmed animals. Christina credits her wonderful dog, Charlie, for guiding her into a life of animal advocacy.

Courtney Dobbin

Project Coordinator: Canada

Courtney Dobbin is project coordinator for MFA in Canada. She works closely with the managing director, assisting with media matters, campaigns, outreach, and more. After joining the team, she quickly discovered that her prime purpose was to reduce animal suffering across the country while planting seeds of compassion into the hearts of people.

Mariana Issa Cabrera

Vegetarian Support Specialist: Latin America

Mariana Issa Cabrera serves as the Latin American vegetarian support specialist, providing assistance and resources to Spanish speakers near a critical tipping point between consuming animal products and going vegetarian. While working on behalf of stray companion animals, she started asking herself why love one but eat others. Her journey toward a plant-based diet began from there. Mariana feels her transition would have been easier if someone had been there to support her. She’s grateful to be able to guide other people through the rewarding process of going veg. She truly believes that in order to help animals we must help people achieve this major goal.

Eva Rocha

Campaign Coordinator: Mexico

Eva Rocha, one of our campaign coordinators in Mexico, pushes major corporations to adopt and expand animal welfare policies in order to rid their supply chains of cruel practices. Already vegetarian for 30 years, Eva adopted a vegan diet after witnessing a video about the horrific reality of the dairy industry. Eva lives in La Paz, Mexico, with her husband, Mario, and her loving rescue companion dog, Pimpina, who was born in Italy 14 years ago.

Bruna Nascimento

Vegetarian Support Specialist: Brazil

Bruna Nascimento serves as our Brazilian vegetarian support specialist. She became interested in animal rights and decided to go vegan when she started studying nutrition in college. She believes that diets can do so much more than feed our bodies: They can be a tool for promoting a more sustainable planet while reducing the suffering of billions of animals. Her mission at MFA is to provide assistance and resources to people interested in cutting meat and other animal products from their diets.

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