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.
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.
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.
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.
Krystal joined the ACE staff in January 2018 after having been a research intern in 2015. She co-founded Animal Welfare Action Lab, and worked at Mercy For Animals for over two years as a data analyst. Krystal is eager to conduct ambitious and boundary-pushing research at ACE that will innovate how technology is used in animal advocacy. She holds a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability and a B.A. (Honors) in Psychology.
Sydney joined ACE in May 2018. She has a background in experimental research, having completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rutgers University and her master’s degree in psychology at The State University of New York at Albany. She is currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Prior to beginning her research career, Sydney worked as a cook at a variety of vegan eateries, including The Cinnamon Snail in New York City.
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.
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.
Carlene joined the ACE team as a copyeditor in March 2018. She holds a master’s degree from North Carolina State University, where she studied creative writing, and a bachelor’s degree from Wagner College, where she studied literature. She has worked as a writer, editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and teacher.
Aaron studied psychology at Reed College, after which he went to work at UCLA as a research associate investigating how to increase the efficacy of treatments for substance abuse. He has also worked as a teacher in the U.S. and Taiwan and holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Prior to joining ACE as a research associate in June 2018, he taught at a charter school in Portland, Oregon where he created a vegan cooking class for middle school students.
Yzar joined ACE in May 2018 after working as a monitoring and evaluation consultant with USAID. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in evolutionary psychology from Brunel University London. Having lived in Nigeria, Lebanon, the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, she now makes her home in Colorado Springs, CO. Yzar is proud to be working in the effective altruism movement and is energized by the prospect of reducing animal suffering.
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.
Social Media Coordinator
Sydne joined the ACE team in May 2018. She is a communications professional with expertise in social media and digital marketing, and possesses a keen interest in visual communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, where she studied public relations. Sydne enjoys combining her strategic and creative skills in order to further elevate ACE’s brand and communicate its mission to broader audiences across digital platforms.
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.
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.
Heather joined ACE in May 2018, continuing her professional career in the nonprofit sector. A lifelong animal advocate and donor, Heather is committed to creating a more compassionate world. She is thrilled to be able to use her fundraising expertise in a context where these skills can help achieve the greatest impact for animals.
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.
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.
Echo joined ACE as a research intern in March 2018 while studying effective animal advocacy in China for her undergraduate thesis project. She studies sociology and environmental economics and policy, and is interested in equity and efficiency in social institutions. Echo currently lives in Berkeley, CA, where she is involved with local effective altruist and rationalist communities.
Emilia joined ACE as a research intern in June 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and a master’s degree in isotope geochemistry. Emilia has a background as an activist and organizer in the areas of LGBTQ+ liberation, labor union rights, animal advocacy, and cooperative development. She recently co-founded a collaborative platform for animal advocates in the Madison, WI area called Friends of Animal Liberation (FOAL), and is active in local EA and EAA communities.
Hibba joined ACE as a research intern in June 2018. Her academic background is in human geography and she holds a master’s degree in nature-society relations & environmental governance. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, with a focus on meat consumption.
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.