Jon has held diverse leadership positions in nonprofit animal advocacy over the past decade. Jon’s career prior to ACE included serving as a director at a shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center, a humane investigator, and a 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, leading hundreds of outreach events, and implementing international online campaigns to expose factory farm practices to over 25 million Mandarin, Hindi, and Russian-speaking Facebook users.
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.
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 is excited to find the most effective ways to help animals.
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.
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 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 the University of Roehampton, Roisin studied welfare and conservation issues and analyzed the effectiveness of online animal rights campaigns. Driven by her ethical code, she combines social media strategy with animal advocacy to raise the online profile of ACE.
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.
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, was the lead coordinator of Mad City Vegan Fest, and led a farmed animals volunteer group for a non-profit organization in Wisconsin. More recently she learned of the effective altruism movement and subsequently co-founded a local EA group. Gina interned with ACE in late 2015 and joined the team in April 2016. Before coming to ACE, she worked as a software and applications engineer.
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.
Claire Zabel graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, where she researched climate engineering and wrote a weekly column on the intersection of emerging technology and ethics from a consequentialist perspective. She works as a Research Analyst at GiveWell.
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 Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Director of the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously held positions in Bioethics at the NIH and Animal Studies and Environmental Studies at NYU, where he received his PhD in Philosophy in 2011. He works primarily in bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics, and his book Food, Animals, and the Environment: An ethical approach (co-authored with Christopher Schlottmann) is forthcoming from Routledge. In addition to his work with ACE, Jeff also serves as Bioethics Content Editor at Wi-Phi: Open Access Philosophy, Executive Committee Member at the Animals and 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.