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Put your passion and skills to work for animals by joining the incredible team at Mercy For Animals. General inquiries can be emailed to Jake Morton at JakeM@MercyForAnimals.org. Take a look at our current job openings:

Backend Developer

Backend Developer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development, Lead Developer 
Position Location: Los Angeles preferred, partial telecommuting supported

Position Objective:

To support MFA’s development department by building out the organization’s custom CRM.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Build out fundraising database functionality in a LAMP environment in collaboration with other IT staff
    • Write code in order to create and optimize queries and reports according to data pull requests
    • Design plans for database changes on live systems and implement plans through creation of new code
    • Assist with database schema design
  • Serve as donor database administrator
    • Design and export queries for regular reports
    • Handle mailing lists and global changes
    • Edit configurations and devise database schemata
    • Develop reports and dashboards to increase effectiveness of the database system for staff
    • Develop processes and policies to monitor and maintain data integrity, such as user input standards, de-duping, cleanup of bad addresses, etc.
  • Train and support relevant staff on database functionality and use

Position Requirements:         

  • Experience writing code, preferably in MySQL and PHP
  • Familiarity with phpMyAdmin
  • Understanding of relational databases and MySQL's query language
  • Ability to decipher long MySQL statements with limited or no documentation
  • Understanding of MySQL storage engines, disk I/O, and indexing performance
  • Experience in Unix command line or terminal
  • Ability to perform complex technical and analytical tasks
  • Intuitive, self-directed, and resourceful problem solver with ability to learn quickly
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, autodidacts encouraged
  • Experience with database administration and help desk functions a plus
  • Experience with Linux servers a plus
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Campaign Coordinator: Brazil

Campaign Coordinator: Brazil

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: Brazil

Position Objective:

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

Campaign Coordinator: India

Campaign Coordinator: India

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
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

Campaign Coordinator: Mexico

Campaign Coordinator: Mexico

Terms of Employment: Consultant 
Reports to: Director of Corporate Outreach
Position Location: Mexico

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 Change.org 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

Major Gifts Officer

Major Gifts Officer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Development 
Position Location: Los Angeles or Southern California 

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. This individual will manage a portfolio of major gift and foundation donors located in Southern California (50%), and several other states, including Texas (20%), Colorado (12%), Florida (9%) and six other states (HI,NM,OK, UT, LA and GA (15%).

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage a portfolio of 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 development experience, including 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 approach.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of a commitment to a vegetarian lifestyle; preference for a vegan lifestyle.

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

Staff Attorney: Administrative Law

Staff Attorney: Administrative Law

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

Position Objective:

To assist MFA’s legal advocacy department in effectively using the legal system to advocate on behalf of farmed animals by advancing petitions, lawsuits and other actions against federal government agencies to ensure robust enforcement of existing laws.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Oversee MFA’s work that focuses on improving federal administration of laws that affect farm animals
  • Identify opportunities for petitions, lawsuits and other actions against federal government agencies to advocate for improved administration of protections for farmed animals
  • Utilize FOIA and other data collection methods to create rulemaking reports, petitions, and legal complaints that are designed to improve federal administration of laws that affect farm animals
  • Prepare petitions, legal complaints, rulemaking comments and testimony for various state government farmed animal initiatives
  • Cultivate relationships with Congressional offices and relevant Agency employees
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with attorneys in private practice and other animal protection organizations
  • Work with MFA support staff to mobilize members, supporters, and the media on behalf of improved agency administration of federal laws
  • Oversee legal interns and fellows

Position Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Preferred minimum of 5–7 years’ experience practicing law, with experience in Administrative Law (e.g., FOIA, rulemaking, and suing agencies)
  • 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
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a vegan lifestyle
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization

Undercover Investigator: Canada

Undercover Investigator: Canada

Objective:

To obtain employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses in order to document conditions. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather information necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough research on various farmed animal welfare issues and agricultural practices and facilities
  • 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 
  • 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 cases and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case
  • While undercover, meet or exceed all expectations of the agricultural facility 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 a case

Requirements:

  • The highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude
  • Capability to operate independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments
  • Extensive travel required
  • Ability to use discretion in confidential matters relating to cases
  • Exceptional research and organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of factory farming, animal husbandry practices, and animal welfare issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Strong preference given to multilingual individuals

Undercover Investigator: United States

Undercover Investigator: United States

Objective:

To obtain employment at factory farms and slaughterhouses in order to document conditions. Investigators must be prepared to witness unimaginable cruelty and engage in intense manual labor while maintaining their composure and cover to gather information necessary to expose and stop farmed animal abuse.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough research on various farmed animal welfare issues and agricultural practices and facilities
  • 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 
  • 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 cases and any other sensitive information before, during, and after each case
  • While undercover, meet or exceed all expectations of the agricultural facility 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 a case

Requirements:

  • The highest level of personal integrity, intelligence, responsibility, and intestinal fortitude
  • Capability to operate independently in physically and emotionally grueling environments
  • Extensive travel required
  • Ability to use discretion in confidential matters relating to cases
  • Exceptional research and organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of factory farming, animal husbandry practices, and animal welfare issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Strong preference given to multilingual individuals

Web Developer

Web Developer

Terms of Employment: Full Time, At Will, Exempt
Reports to: Software Engineer
Position Location: Los Angeles or Remote

Position Objective:

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

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

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

Position Requirements: 

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

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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 twenty-five, Nathan became the youngest person ever inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Nick Cooney

Vice President

Nick Cooney serves as 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.

Jake Morton

Director of Operations

Jake Morton is our director of operations, managing the organization’s day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources. He also collaborates 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.

Robin Moler

Director of Development

Robin Moler, our director of development, 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

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.

Audrey Sanchez

Director of Education

Audrey Sanchez serves as our director of education. In this role she helps raise public awareness of farmed animal suffering and ensures that the best resources are available to individuals adopting a plant-based diet. Audrey grew up in a rural Kansas town populated by more cows than people, a fact she credits with prompting both her desire to help animals and her initial vegetarianism. The day after her daughter was born, Audrey felt a newfound appreciation for the bond between a mother and child regardless of species and became an overnight vegan. Audrey lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, and an ever-growing assortment of rescued animals. 

David Powell

Lead Developer

David Powell is our lead developer. 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, 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!

Lina Cohen

Staff Attorney

Lina Cohen serves as staff attorney for undercover investigations, lending support to the investigations department and working with law enforcement to secure criminal convictions of farmed animal abusers. Lina interned at MFA as a law student and joined the team after graduation. Lina is passionate about animal rights and always on the lookout for new vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

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. 

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.

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

Volunteer Manager

Mikael Nielsen is our volunteer manager, mobilizing activists around the world. 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.

Susan Weingartner

Events Manager

Susan Weingartner is our events 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.

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, and The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other major national news outlets have featured her written work. 

 

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.  

Mark Devries

Investigations and Research Associate

Mark Devries serves as investigations and research associate, 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.

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. 

Joe Loria

Emerging Social Media Specialist

Joe Loria serves as our emerging social media specialist, 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.

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

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.

Tessa Urbanovich

Development Assistant

Tessa Urbanovich is our development assistant, 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. After earning her bachelor’s in communication studies at a private university in Orange County, she took a year to travel, volunteer, and pour herself into activism. Tessa is ecstatic to work with MFA to inspire compassion and end cruelty. She loves goats, tall trees, and aromatic candles. 

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!

Shayna Rowbotham

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Shayna Rowbotham is our assistant volunteer coordinator and helps engage activists across North America. 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.

Nicole Furlan

Web Developer

Nicole Furlan serves as one of our web developers. Nicole 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 for unfairly stereotyped dog breeds and shares her home with her husband, Billy, and two loving rescued pit bulls, Brady and Bruno.

Gus Mueller

Web 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. 

Hammer Vasquez

Web 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").

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.

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 Analyst

Krystal Caldwell is our statistics analyst, 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.

International

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.

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

 

Lucas Alvarenga

Brazil Communications Coordinator

Lucas Alvarenga oversees MFA’s efforts 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

India Communications Coordinator

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

Hong Kong Communications Coordinator

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.

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

Latin American Vegetarian Support Specialist

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.