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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Kristie Taylor

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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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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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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Lauren Harris

Research Intern
Lauren Harris

Lauren has just completed a PhD thesis at the University of Bristol on the emotional impact of chronic pain in dogs with osteoarthritis. She has also been involved in research into the capacity of laying hens to experience empathy towards each other, and is on the committee of the Vegetarian and Vegan Society at the University of Bristol, where she enjoys helping to organise events ranging from documentary screenings to vegan bake-offs. As a research intern at ACE, Lauren is working on a project associated with the Animal Advocacy Research Fund.

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Cameron Meyer Shorb

Research Intern
Cameron Meyer Shorb

Cameron studied biology at Carleton College, conducting research in ecology and ecosystem services. The effective altruism movement inspired him to pursue animal advocacy. Starting at ACE in June 2016, he is analyzing the tactics of the modern American environmental movement in order to find the best ways to help animals. In addition to his work at ACE, Cameron writes about animal and food news on the Reducetarian Foundation blog.

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Oliver Austin

Communications Intern
Oliver Austin

Oliver is an undergraduate student in philosophy at the University of Exeter with especial interest in the correspondences of the first generation Frankfurt School and the animal liberation and ecofeminist movements of the 1960s-70s. He was introduced to effective altruism in 2014 reading Peter Singer's Famine, Affluence and Morality, and has since worked with the Centre for Effective Altruism establishing an EA syllabus and project database for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. In his spare time, he blogs across effective animal advocacy and the relations between identity and ethics in animal liberation theory. As a communications intern at ACE, Oliver is helping to increase the impact of our social media work.

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Henry Phipps

Research Intern
Henry Phipps

Henry has recently completed the BPhil in Philosophy at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. His work focused on applied ethics and value theory. During his time at Oxford Henry has been involved in organising seminars on effective altruism, fundraising for highly effective charities and has conducted several research projects on behalf of Giving What We Can. He is currently researching the abolitionist movement in the United Kingdom and British Empire prior to 1807 as part of ACE’s social movement project.

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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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