Meet Our Team

Staff

Jon Bockman

Executive Director
Jon Bockman

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, as a humane investigator, and as a Founder of a 501c3 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.

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Allison Smith

Director of Research
Allison Smith

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.

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Greg Boese

Advocacy Research Program Officer
Greg Boese

Greg joined ACE in February 2016. He is currently completing a PhD in Social Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has extensive research experience, and brings an expertise in social and political psychology, intergroup relations, and prosocial behavior. Greg is excited to lead the new Advocacy Research Program here at ACE.

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Jacy Reese

Researcher
Jacy Reese

Jacy has contributed to a variety of high-impact research projects, such as investigating global poverty interventions at GiveWell and studying decision-making under moral psychologist Joshua Greene and cognitive neuroscientist Russell Poldrack. He presented on animal advocacy at Effective Altruism Global and served briefly as ACE's Interim Board Chair. Jacy has interned and volunteered with ACE since late 2013, and joined the team as a full-time researcher in August 2015.

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Toni Adleberg

Research Associate
Toni Adelberg

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.

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Erika Alonso

Director of Communications
Erika Alonso

With significant past 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.

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Leah Edgerton

Digital Media Manager
Leah Edgerton

Leah's diverse background ranging from animal advocacy to orchestral music give her the ability to think creatively and communicate effectively on a variety of topics. While completing her degree at McGill University, she was involved with the campus animal advocacy group and achieved several advances, including organizing Montreal's first conference for vegan groups. Her Masters thesis at the Zurich Conservatory focused on using youth orchestras as tools for promoting social justice.

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Kalista Barter

Director of Development
Kalista Barter

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.

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Gina Stuessy

Operations Manager
Gina Stuessy

Gina has been involved in animal advocacy since 2010, is the coordinator of Mad City Vegan Fest, and led a farmed animals advocacy group for a non-profit in Wisconsin. More recently she learned of the effective altruism movement and founded a local EA group. Gina interned with ACE in late 2015 and joined the team in April 2016.

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Kieran Greig

Web Data Analyst
Kieran Greig

Kieran joined the team in May 2015 and brings with him a solid background in science and mathematics as well as a keen interest in philosophy and effective altruism. The majority of his time is spent on web analytics and he presently works out of Vancouver, Canada where he also holds a position in communications and development at Charity Science. Kieran feels very strongly about animal welfare and wants to maximize the impact of his efforts to reduce their suffering.

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Sofia Davis-Fogel

Special Programs Manager
Sofia Davis-Fogel

Sofia is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration at Baruch College, where she is collaborating with faculty to incorporate animal issues into the Public Affairs curriculum. She received her B.A. from NYU, where she is now working with faculty and fellow alumni of the university's Animal Studies Initiative to build an outreach program in New York City middle schools, in order to facilitate classroom discussion about animals in society. Sofia is excited to be working with ACE in planning an academic conference to take place in 2016.

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Sawsan Khalaf

Research Intern
Sawsan Khalaf

Sawsan is a Bahraini student of the social sciences at University College London. Introduced to the Effective Altruism movement by a friend, she is now researching grassroots and government-led Welsh language revitalization for the social justice movements project at ACE. Elsewhere she writes on gender and sexuality with a view to enlivening dialogue around these topics in the Gulf states and the wider Arab world.

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Luke Hecht

Research Intern
Luke Hecht

Luke is a postgraduate student at University College London with a background in evolutionary biology and geology, and research experience ranging from parasite population genetics to planetary protection. He has also been active in organizing student groups to promote skepticism and ethical discussion, and currently writes on environmental sustainability for a UK-based NGO. As a research intern at ACE, Luke is studying the effect of current animal advocacy tactics on public perception of possible future interventions to prevent wild animal suffering.

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Kristie Taylor

Volunteer Web Developer
Kristie Taylor

Working as a freelance designer since 2009, Kristie has collaborated with artists and nonprofit organizations in Canada, the United States, and Australia to produce websites and print materials that support diverse artistic and advocacy goals. She has worked with heritage and cultural organizations as an administrator, fundraiser, and communications specialist, and holds a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Kristie is a dedicated animal advocate, environmentalist, and supporter of the arts.

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Board Members

Jonas Müller

Board Chair
Jonas Müller

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.

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Jeff Sebo

Board Secretary
Jeff Sebo

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.

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Peter Hurford

Board Treasurer
Peter Hurford

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.

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Claire Zabel

Board Member
Claire Zabel

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.

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Sam Bankman-Fried

Board Member
Sam Bankman-Fried

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.

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S. Greenberg

Board Member
S. Greenberg

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.

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Peter Singer

Advisory Board Member
Peter Singer (Photo by Tony Phillips, ICEL, 2014)

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.

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Robert Wiblin

Advisory Board Member
Robert Wiblin

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.

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