US Executive Director
Rachel Dreskin is the US Executive Director at Compassion in World Farming. Prior to her appointment Rachel served as the organization’s Head of Food Business where she oversaw the growth and development the organization’s corporate engagement program. A graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Business with a dual focus in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Rachel has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies to incorporate and strengthen animal welfare within corporate sustainability programs. As Executive Director, Rachel is leading Compassion USA’s growing role in forging a more humane and sustainable food and farming system through measurable farmed animal welfare improvements and protein diversification. Rachel also serves as board member of Global Animal Partnership, has guest lectured at top US universities like Stanford and University of Delaware, and has been featured in Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and more.
US Head of Public Engagement
Nina Farley works to empower the public to be a voice for farm animals. One of the biggest injustices of our time is factory farming, not only for the animals, but for consumers, farmers and farm workers, and the environment. Through Compassion's campaigns to end factory farming, together we can reform our broken food system. Nina also manages team USA's communications, supporter fundraising, and media relations. She holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Animals and Public Policy, and is very fond of chickens.
US Head of Operations
Dave Soleil works to ensure the integrity and efficient functioning of Compassion as a nonprofit organization and a leader in the advancement of welfare standards for farm animals. Enabling operations not only includes compliance, finance, reporting and other behind-the-scenes support, it also includes team development and effectiveness. Dave holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and is the former Chair of the Leadership Education group for the International Leadership Association.
Animal Welfare Specialist
Monica List works to assure that Compassion USA’s work is grounded in the most current and robust animal welfare science. In addition of staying up to date with relevant research and publications, she strives to communicate the team’s position on scientifically-based welfare approaches through open dialogue with producers, consumers, food businesses, and other animal welfare organizations. Monica has an academic background in veterinary medicine, bioethics, and philosophy, and she has worked on animal health and welfare projects involving wildlife, companion animals, and farm animals.
Public Engagement Manager
Alison Spasser brings experience in nonprofit and political communications to Compassion, where she advances Team USA’s supporter outreach strategy by raising awareness of farm animal welfare issues, expanding Compassion’s digital presence, and promoting opportunities for animal lovers and conscientious consumers to take action. Through online advocacy, social media management, and editorial leadership, Alison supports efforts to develop effective campaigns and tell powerful stories. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a master’s degree in Public Affairs, and spends most of her free time struggling to control her energetic dog.
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.
Digital Fundraising and Supporter Development Manager
Warren Egersheim engages with supporters to ensure that the donations of passionate animal advocates are utilized to end farmed animal suffering in the most effective way possible. Holding a Master's in Public Administration with a Non-Profit Management focus, Warren oversees all digital fundraising and supporter engagement at Compassion. Warren lives on an animal sanctuary in Southern California and spends his free time enjoying the unconditional companionship that farmed animals like cows and chickens have to offer. Feel free to reach out to Warren with any questions regarding donations.
Cynthia von Schlichten
US Partnerships Manager
Cynthia von Schlichten works with major donors, trusts, and foundations in order to ensure that Compassion has the resources it needs to continue to help farmed animals, both in the USA and on a global scale. She holds a law degree, and finds that applying her past experience as a practicing attorney as well as her work in animal welfare valuable to securing the necessary funding that is so critical to Compassion’s work.
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Scott Weathers works to implement a variety of strategies designed to lower food companies’ “animal footprint,” including the development of plant-based alternatives. He manages the Friendly Food Alliance, which is focused on partnerships with companies in food service, quick service, fast casual, consumer packaged goods, and other sectors of the food industry. Scott’s work has been published in The New York Times, NowThis, The Lancet, and more. Scott holds a B.A in Public Health and an MSc in Global Health.
Public Engagement Coordinator
Tyler Hazard works to encourage the public to reduce their personal impact on farmed animals and the environment by promoting plant-centric diets. Through campaign content creation, video production, and outreach coordination Tyler aids Compassion USA in educating consumers on food systems and plant-based alternatives. He holds a B.S. in Animal Science and Psychology and a M.S. in Animals and Public Policy. While not working Tyler can be frequently found enjoying the beach with a book or with his feline companion, JJ.
Andre Vasi works to provide support throughout all the teams and operations at CompassionUSA. From event planning to finance reporting, they* are committed to the advancement of welfare standards and promotion of sustainable corporate practices. Andre graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health with special interests in policy and nutrition. They* love to travel, play with all of the cute animals, and engage with the world through advocacy and volunteerism, sharing their* passion for social justice and health equity for all lives.