(NOTE: This post was made under Animal Charity Evaluators’ previous name, Effective Animal Activism.)
Hello everyone! This is my first month as the Executive Director of EAA, and I couldn’t be more excited. Public interest around concern for animals is rapidly gaining momentum. Change is afoot, and I’m proud to lead this innovative organization in maximizing the efforts of animal advocacy.
I have always been drawn to working with and for animals. Like many other advocates, my career has progressed through a variety of fields – I have spent years working as a caretaker at an animal shelter, a humane investigator, and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Once the magnitude of farm animal suffering dawned on me (the eventual result of receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet), I decided to refocus my efforts. I founded the non-profit Justice For Animals to organize local outreach events, and to give consumers easier access to vegan products, I formed a small local vegan food business.
As I gained experience, I began to question if I was helping animals in the most effective way. The more I studied the issue, the more it became clear that animal activists didn’t have access to significant market research and empirical studies on the efficacy of our actions. We needed an organization to provide reputable guidance to activists on where they should focus their efforts, as well as guidance to donors on where they should contribute their funds. In short, we needed Effective Animal Activism.
I am thrilled to join EAA in pursuit of these most crucial goals. We have a great deal of work ahead of us, but we will succeed. With your support, I look forward to embarking on this essential and exciting journey.