The FFAC Team
Founder, Executive Director
Katie Cantrell founded the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition in 2010, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. After reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, she was inspired to address factory farming holistically, as a threat to the environment, social justice, animal welfare, and public health. Since founding FFAC, she has given over 200 presentations on factory farming at venues such as Yale, Stanford, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her presentation has been used as a resource by food justice activists across North America.
Educational Program Director
Los Angeles, CA
Jesse Tandler brings the expertise of over a decade’s experience in the world of education from elementary to graduate school. Jesse received a masters degree in writing at the New School in New York City, while also teaching at a charter school in downtown Manhattan. In 2007, he moved back to California, where he worked with autistic and emotionally disturbed children in mainstream and specifically dedicated public school classrooms. In 2008, Jesse was back in New York City, working at Bronx Preparatory Charter School in the South Bronx, where he taught high school English. In 2010, he began a PhD in comparative literature and has been teaching courses in philosophy, rhetoric and writing, as well as German language, at Hunter College, Brooklyn College and the New York City College of Technology. Jesse’s years of work with a broad range of students, from the severely autistic to the highest achievers, has trained him in individualizing the learning experience according to each student’s personal style and needs.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
New York, NY
Amy Halpern-Laff earned her JD at Stanford Law School and practiced law and mediation in NY and CT. After a few years, she pivoted to education, nonprofit and grassroots campaign leadership, assuming both executive and lay leadership roles. She led two civic engagement organizations in AZ. A longtime social justice activist and educator, Amy has focused on criminal justice reform, education equity and animal rights. In addition to her work with FFAC, Amy is co-executive director of Ethics in Education Network, advocating for ethics-centered curricula that instills lifelong habits of rigorous and open-minded ethical inquiry.
Bay Area Director
SF Bay Area, CA
Sonja has worked in psychological and medical research since 2012, and received a fellowship to present independent research at regional conferences like those held by the Western Psychological Association. She was also a lead intern for The Humane League for over a year, conducting grassroots outreach through leafleting and gathering petition signatures for Meatless Mondays in schools. As FFAC's Bay Area Director, Sonja will empower consumers and activists across the Bay Area through grassroots education.
Tanzil has a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sciences. In 2011, she began working with Earthroots, campaigning, fundraising and conducting workshops about the importance of protecting southern Ontario’s Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and endangered species. Through her work with FFAC, she delivers presentations about the adverse effects of factory farming, as well as the ways in which industrialized animal agriculture violates Islamic principles of environmental stewardship and animal welfare.
Claudia is an educator and writer. She spent the entire year of 2013 traveling the world blogging about her experiences for Global Vision International (GVI). She participated in 11 of their projects in Mexico, Fiji, Thailand, Kenya and South Africa, doing terrestrial or marine conservation research, education and outreach, community development or wildlife protection.
She also helped develop the curriculum for Camp Kindness, a summer camp for kids ages 8-13 at Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and has worked there for two summers taking care of animals and educating children about compassion for animals.
Salt Lake City Director
Salt Lake City, UT
Chris spent the summer of 2016 working at Uplands PEAK Sanctuary, where he is assisting with general animal care, fundraising projects and outreach efforts to educate people about animals used in modern industrial agriculture. Previously, Chris worked for a national non-profit in various roles coordinating grassroots outreach, media projects, and fundraising services.
An alumni of the University of Utah, where he studied marketing and sociology, Chris is excited to be back in his home state continuing his advocacy and outreach work.
Rachel holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health, with experience teaching grades K-12 and coaching high school softball and tennis. She worked as an Outreach Coordinator for an animal advocacy organization, handing out over 200,000 booklets to people across the U.S. and Mexico. She also works on local community building events in Chicago.
Dafni has been working as a Greek language tutor for the last 17 years (both in Greece and the US), after obtaining her BA in Greek Philology (Department of Linguistics).
She emigrated from Greece in 2009, and since 2011 she has been conducting grassroots outreach to increase awareness of the impacts of industrial animal agriculture on the animals and the environment.
Meghan graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas, focusing in critical human/animal studies. While in university, she established a student-led organization that continues to educate students about animal welfare issues at UW today. Since graduation, she has worked in marketing and communications for multiple nonprofit organizations, conducting outreach and creating digital and print content for several campaigns both in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is excited to bring FFAC to Seattle, and continue to promote critical dialogues about how our everyday choices impact the world around us.