Board of Directors
Megan Watkins, Board Chair, Board of Directors
Megan Watkins is a senior vice president in the Philanthropic Solutions Group at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, Megan advises individual and family clients of U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch on their personal charitable giving. This often includes helping clients articulate their philanthropic vision and mission, define their charitable giving objectives, and develop an implementation plan for their chosen giving strategy.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Megan was a vice president in the Philanthropic Services Group at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she facilitated philanthropic giving in the areas of animal welfare and protection, community development, and human services. Megan’s experience also includes international and domestic program development and policy work in the nonprofit sector.
Megan is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a Master of International Affairs degree, with a specialization in economic and political development, from Columbia University.
Tom Anderson, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Board of Directors
Tom Anderson is CEO and director of EducationDynamics, the leader in helping institutions of higher education find, enroll, and retain students. Tom also serves as a director of Constant Contact, which helps small businesses, associations, and nonprofits connect with their customers, clients, and members.
Previously, Tom was the CEO of Integrity Interactive until its sale in 2010. Integrity Interactive is a provider of expertise, guidance, and tools that integrate ethics and compliance into everyday business practices. He has also served as an executive team member with the SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae), president and CEO of Upromise, and CEO of Amerifree, a medical finance company owned by Capital One. Prior to joining Capital One, Tom was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he served in the Leadership Group of the Financial Institutions Practice. A former teacher, Tom has worked with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Special Education Reform.
Tom holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Yonaton Aronoff, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Yonaton Aronoff is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, specializing in general commercial litigation, social media law, employment law, privacy and information security, and e-commerce matters. In addition to his general commercial practice, Yonaton has spent a considerable amount of time focusing on animal welfare and animal law issues. Among other things, he has represented Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C), the exclusive public animal shelter system for the City of New York, on a pro bono basis for the past six years. In connection with his work for AC&C, Yonaton has assisted the organization with a variety of legal matters, including animal welfare issues, intake procedures, and cruelty-related cases and investigations.
Yonaton received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University. He is admitted to the New York State Bar Association; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
Jane Hoffman, Secretary and Audit Committee Chair, Board of Directors
Jane Hoffman has been president and chair of the board of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals since its inception in 2002. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals acts as a liaison between the government of the City of New York and the New York City animal care community. It is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working to reduce the euthanasia of cats and dogs in New York City shelters.
Jane is a founding and current member of the Animal Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, one of the first animal law committees in the country. She received the Annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) the first year it was awarded in 2007.
Prior to creating the Alliance, Jane served as an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and vice president and senior consultant at Handy Associates.
Jane holds a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School, an M.L.S. degree from Long Island University, and a B.A. degree from Boston College.
Tamar Huberman is a nonprofit consultant specializing in strategy, operations, and revenue generation for small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations. Tamar’s clients span the charitable sector: she has worked with arts, education, environmental, social entrepreneurship, and health organizations. Tamar provides expertise on corporate, government, and institutional fundraising; strategies for organizational development; and day-to-day operations. Tamar served on the development team at the Ontario College of Art & Design and the public affairs team at CHUM Television. She is also a founding member of the Park Slope Food Co-op’s Animal Welfare Committee.
Tamar earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a master’s degree in art history and a certificate in curatorial studies from York University, and a B.A. in history from Queen’s University. She was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mia MacDonald, Development Committee Chair, Board of Directors
Mia MacDonald is executive director of Brighter Green, a New York-based public policy action tank that works on issues ranging from the environment and animals to global development. She is also a senior fellow of the Worldwatch Institute.
As a public policy analyst, Mia has consulted on issues of environment, sustainable development, women’s rights, reproductive health, population, conservation, and animal protection for organizations including the Ford Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, and several United Nations agencies. She has also taught in the Environmental Studies program at New York University and the Human Rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mia has published many articles, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and contributed to four books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s bestselling autobiography, Unbowed.
Mia received a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A., with honors, from Columbia University.