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The Team

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Ben Williamson
US Executive Director

Ben Williamson leads Compassion in World Farming's US office, overseeing the running of its campaigns, food business, and operations. Originally from London, England, Ben has over a decade of experience working for leading animal protection organizations in both the United States and United Kingdom. As a lead spokesperson, Ben has made numerous television appearances including NBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and Good Morning America and authored numerous op-ed pieces in USA Today, Newsweek, New York Daily News, Independent and more.

Ben holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Political Economy from London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London.


US Head of Public Engagement


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Margaret Barnard
US Head of Operations

Margaret Barnard oversees human resources, compliance, and operations functions for Compassion USA. She brings ten years of experience in operations, recruitment, personnel management, training, and program development. After spending most of her career before Compassion in the companion animal welfare space, Margaret changed her focus to farmed animals after learning about the negative impact factory farming has not only on the animals themselves, but on the environment and public health.

She holds an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and draws on her organizational and team development skills and education to support the team in this very critical work.


Food Business

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Jeff Doyle
US Head of Food Business

Jeff Doyle is the US Head of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, overseeing the organization’s engagement with food businesses on animal welfare and plant-forward proteins. Prior to joining Compassion, Jeff led strategy and program development for an international public health NGO. For nearly a decade, he designed, built, and oversaw advocacy, communications, and technical programs from Washington, D.C. to Geneva to Delhi.

These programs brought together and leveraged the unique capacities of multinational companies, governments, and civil society to deliver innovative, impactful solutions. He holds a degree from the University of Virginia and sits on the Board of Directors of VideoOut, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization.


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Katya Simkhovich
Senior Food Business Manager

Katya Simkhovich works to ensure farm animal welfare is incorporated into the policies of the leading US food businesses and to solidify higher welfare practices as integral to a sustainable food system. In doing so, she hopes to inspire and support companies in fulfilling their enormous potential to drive positive change for farm animals. Katya holds a B.S. in Food Studies, as well as a passion for understanding the complexities of agriculture and food systems.


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Nicole Jenkins
Food Business Manager

Nicole Jenkins supports US food businesses in incorporating farmed animal welfare and sustainability into their policies and practices, to create positive and impactful change in our food system. In her role as Food Business Manager, she uses her knowledge of agriculture and food business to encourage companies to create strong commitments and follow through with measurable progress and transparent reporting.

Nicole has a diverse food systems background, from consulting to NGO work, aspiring to create a system that is more compassionate and sustainable. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California and a M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment, specializing in Sustainable Business: Sourcing and Supply Chains, from Tufts University. In her free time, Nicole loves to bake and get outside to hike and camp as much as possible.

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Dr. Hillary Dalton
Senior Research Manager

Hillary Dalton is the Senior Research Manager at Compassion in World Farming USA. Hillary holds a PhD in poultry behavior and welfare from the University of Guelph, an MSc in applied animal behavior and animal welfare from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in animal biology from the University of Alberta. Hillary previously served as a post-doctoral associate at Newcastle University, overseeing precision agriculture research on behavior, welfare and health topics in pigs and poultry.

During her career, Hillary has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and has presented at several international conferences. Hillary uses her technical knowledge and experience to advise Compassion USA on strategies to improve farmed animal welfare and the sustainability of modern food production practices.


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Sophie Dalterio
Corporate Compliance Coordinator

Sophie Dalterio works with leading US food businesses to ensure the implementation of their farm animal welfare commitments, encouraging transparency in supply chain management. Building off of Compassion's work to secure corporate welfare policies, Sophie supports the Food Business team in realizing the shift towards a more compassionate food system. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Bates College and a M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University.

Her previous work includes experience monitoring industry compliance with federal farm animal welfare regulations, as well as more general management of projects to advance public policy initiatives.


Public Engagement

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Samantha Vega
Public Engagement Coordinator

Samantha assists with Compassion USA’s public campaigns and communications with an emphasis on our Eat Plants For a Change campaign. Through storytelling and content coordination, Samantha engages with stakeholders to aid consumers in educated decision making from farm, to cart, to table- always prioritizing animal welfare and the environment.

Her previous positions on Capitol Hill and in non-profit administration allow her to bring a strategic eye to the public engagement team. Samantha holds a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College and is a pet foster parent with her local Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C.



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Eve-Marie Kuntzman
Director of Development

Eve-Marie serves as the Director of Development at Compassion in World Farming. Previously, Eve-Marie led the philanthropic strategy and team of a global NGO working to better the lives of farmed animals, and brings over 10 years of nonprofit experience to her role. Prior to devoting her career to the nonprofit sector, Eve-Marie co-founded a consultancy providing financial guidance to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic individuals.

Eve-Marie is passionate about mission alignment and creating meaningful philanthropic partnerships that make the world a more kind and compassionate place, for both animals and humans alike.

Eve-Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University and her Masters in Business Administration and Marketing from Arizona State University. Eve-Marie volunteers her time to several charitable causes, including serving as the advisory board president of Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy in her community.


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Courtney Franklin
Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager

As Compassion USA’s Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager, Courtney Franklin engages individuals and institutions that are passionate about ending factory farming as partners to help further our organization’s mission. Courtney holds a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a concentration in International Food Security from Ball State University, and a B.S. in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

She brings experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including 12 years of fundraising experience across multiple industries. In her personal time, Courtney can be found “palling around” with her best friend and canine fur baby, Bernice.


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Marissa Valladolid
Individual Giving Manager

Marissa joins Compassion USA as the fundraising team’s Individual Giving Manager. With a focus on growth and engagement, she develops informative campaigns to fuel Compassion’s vital programs, creating opportunities for everyday animal lovers to become extraordinary animal advocates.

After more than four years of development and communications work in the farmed animal welfare movement, she remains committed to learning and connecting with other mission-driven individuals in meaningful ways. When not spearheading the next big fundraising push, she can usually be found hanging with her two best friends, Romeo and Cruz—small Chihuahua mixes with larger-than-life personalities.

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Meghan Endicott
Fundraising and Stewardship Coordinator

Meghan Endicott brings over 11 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to her role as Fundraising and Stewardship Coordinator at Compassion in World Farming. Utilizing her extensive experience in donor stewardship, Meghan works to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with Compassion donors and supporters. Through strategy, data, interpersonal skills, and command of a variety of communication channels, Meghan recognizes and promotes the important role each individual supporter holds in ending factory farming.

Outside of work, Meghan can be found volunteering her time on the Board of Directors of Tenth Life Cat Rescue, an organization that prioritizes the rescue and care of cats with special needs.

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