Jon has held diverse leadership positions in nonprofit animal advocacy over the past decade. His career prior to ACE included serving as a director at a shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center, a humane investigator, and the founder of a 501(c)(3) farmed animal advocacy group. Accomplishments during these positions include releasing over 2,000 rehabilitated animals back into the wild, conducting investigations into dozens of cases of neglected animal care, and leading hundreds of outreach events. Jon joined ACE as its first employee in March of 2013.
Director of Research
Allison brings to ACE a focus on communicating effectively about technical and quantitative subjects. She has two degrees in mathematics, and her previous professional experience has centered around math education. Allison has been involved in ACE research efforts since May 2013, and joined the ACE team in August 2013.
Senior Researcher, Charity Evaluation Manager
Toni’s academic background is in moral psychology and philosophy of cognitive science. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Georgia State. She is a co-author of two peer-reviewed journal articles on the “gender gap” in philosophy. She joined ACE in May 2016 and has written about ACE’s philosophical commitments and use of cost-effectiveness estimates, among other projects. She began managing ACE’s charity evaluation process in 2018.
Sofia joined the ACE team in December 2015. As Special Programs Manager, she organized ACE’s first EAA Research Symposium. In early 2017 Sofia moved to the research team, where she now works as ACE’s Research Editor. Sofia received her B.A. from New York University and was among the first students to graduate from their Animal Studies Initiative. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at Baruch College, specializing in Policy Analysis and Evaluation.
Kieran’s background is in science and mathematics. He has a keen interest in philosophy and effective altruism, and is a cofounder of Charity Science Health. Kieran joined the ACE team as a Research Associate in January 2017, though he has been intermittently involved with ACE through a part time position and internships since May 2015. He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada but was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.
Jamie joined the ACE team as a Research Associate in July 2017. He earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Nottingham in 2016, and is excited about applying his skill set to find the most effective ways to reduce animal suffering. Jamie is currently based near Oxford, U.K.
Kathryn joined ACE in July 2017 after several years working as an EAA researcher. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of New Brunswick–examining meat consumption and reduction in the U.S.–for which she spent time as a visiting scholar at NYU. She also holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Human Rights and Political Science. Prior to getting involved in EAA, Kathryn worked as a researcher and evaluator for a social planning council.
Ashwin joined ACE as a Research Associate in July 2017. He has an academic background in the physical sciences, as well as longstanding interests in effective altruism, philosophy, and statistics. Ashwin is excited about helping ACE determine not just the best ways to help animals, but the best ways to think about helping animals. He currently resides in State College, Pennsylvania.
Research Fund Program Officer
Samantha joined ACE in late 2017 after many years of volunteering with animal-focused organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cellular biology and a master’s degree in educational research, both from the University of Calgary. Samantha is passionate about advancing animal welfare through policy change and implementation as well as through the development of cultured and plant-based meat. She recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of meeting Jane Goodall.
Director of Communications
With significant experience as a visual manager and merchandiser in the retail sector, Erika brings a strategic and creative perspective to Animal Charity Evaluators. Erika combines expertise in social media, inbound marketing, and graphic design with a long-term commitment to animal advocacy. In 2014, she developed and led a workshop on marketing and activism and she plans to continue researching effective forms of communication for animal advocacy organizations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston where she majored in marketing.
Digital & Media Relations Manager
With a background in digital communications for the nonprofit health sector, Roisin brings a pragmatic and resourceful approach to communicating animal advocacy. During her time at university, Roisin studied welfare and conservation issues and analyzed the effectiveness of digital animal rights campaigns. Driven by her ethical code, she combines communications strategy with animal advocacy to raise the profile of ACE. Roisin currently lives in Bristol, U.K.
Eric Herboso joined the Effective Altruism movement in 2011 and became a founding member of Animal Charity Evaluators. Today, Eric leads a double life of earning-to-give in the private sector while working on data science for ACE part time. Eric holds degrees in mathematics and philosophy and is currently working with Jon Bockman on a book about effective animal advocacy.
Becca joined ACE in November 2016. She has experience working within the education departments of arts-focused nonprofits and museums including The Phillips Collection and Aperture Foundation. She is based in San Francisco and is pursuing a dual master’s degree (MFA/MA in Visual and Critical Studies) at California College of the Arts. She is excited to combine her creative strengths and her interest in animal welfare to communicate ACE’s findings to a broader audience through designing their printed and online materials.
Rana joined ACE as a Web Developer in early 2018. She has a passion for web development and a keen interest in design, user experience, and web technologies. Rana holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from King’s College London and a master’s degree in Communications Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology. She is excited to use her skills to improve animal welfare and contribute to creating a better world for everyone.
Director of Philanthropy
Kalista has spent her career working in development for two well-known international animal rights organizations. She gained an interest in animal rights after reading One World by Peter Singer as part of a philosophy course at the University of Southern California, and has been committed to reducing animal suffering since then. She is excited by the opportunity to work with philanthropists and charities to achieve their shared goals for effectively creating a kinder world.
Director of Operations
Gina has been involved in animal advocacy since 2010, and was the lead coordinator of Mad City Vegan Fest, which attracted 3,500 attendees the last year she organized it (2016). She’s involved in the effective altruism movement: she co-founded and co-leads a local EA group, and helped organize an EAGx event. At ACE, Gina does finance, HR, assists with donation processing, and helped organize the 2017 Research Workshop on Effective Animal Advocacy.
Maria joined ACE as a Research Intern in September 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and a Master’s degree in Applied and Professional Ethics. Maria has several years of experience working on animal welfare projects in South America, in both nonprofit organizations and governmental institutions. Her primary research interests include the ethics of effective altruism as well as the environmental impacts of animal farming.
Catherine joined ACE as a research intern in December 2017. She holds two bachelor’s degrees (in South Asian languages and project management), as well as a master’s degree in creative writing. She’s been working as a freelance copywriter, editor, and translator since 2014. Her published translation of an ecological manifesto by Paul Watson (founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) is one of her proudest achievements. Born and raised in France, Catherine currently resides in Sweden, where she’s involved in the local effective altruism movement. She founded and leads the EAA Stockholm group.
Claire is a Global Catastrophic Risks Program Officer at the Open Philanthropy Project. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, where she conducted research related to the science, ethics, and governance of solar geoengineering.
Jonas Müller studied computer science at the University of Copenhagen and is currently developing software for the finance industry in Switzerland. He has been active in various effective altruism and animal protection organizations, as everything from board member to street-level activist.
Jeff Sebo is Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. He works primarily in bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. His book Food, Animals, and the Environment: An ethical approach (co-authored with Christopher Schlottmann) is forthcoming from Routledge, and his book Why Animals Matter for Climate Change is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. In addition to his work with ACE, Jeff also serves as Executive Committee Member at the Animals & Society Institute and Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Minding Animals International.
Peter studied Political Science at Denison University and then began a career in Software Engineering and Data Science in Chicago. While not working, he serves on the boards of both ACE and Charity Science, a Canadian non-profit dedicated to fundraising for effective non-profits.
Sam Bankman-Fried graduated from MIT in 2014 with a degree in Physics, and is now earning to give in finance. A vegan since 2010, Sam works to support effective altruism causes to maximize his impact.
S. Greenberg is a mathematician and entrepreneur, with a B.S. from Columbia University and graduate level work at New York University. He is the co-founder of a quantitative hedge fund, which applies algorithms to stock market investing.
Advisory Board Member
Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, a position that he now combines with the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, One World, The Life You Can Save and The Point of View of the Universe. In 2014 the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked him third on its list of Global Thought Leaders, and Time has ranked him among the world’s 100 most influential people. An Australian, in 2012 he was made a Companion to the Order of Australia, his country’s highest civilian honour.
Advisory Board Member
Robert studied Economics and Genetics at the Australian National University, topping his year in Applied Economics, before working in the Australian Department of Innovation, then Treasury, and then Productivity Commission. He later moved to Oxford, first to serve as Research Director of Giving What We Can, and then as Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism.