Farm Sanctuary Board of Directors
Yonaton Aronoff, Board Co-Chair, and Governance Committee Chair
Yonaton Aronoff is a partner at Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP, a litigation boutique located on Wall Street. Yonaton’s specialty is taking complex commercial cases to trial, where he is known for his aggressive and creative advocacy. When he is not litigating for his clients, Yonaton spends much of his time advocating for animals. At his prior law firm, Yonaton provided pro bono representation to Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC), the exclusive public animal shelter system for the City of New York, assisting ACC with animal welfare-related issues for many years. In 2012, in recognition of his dedication to animal welfare issues, Yonaton was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the ACC Board of Directors, where he remains an active Board member.
Jane Hoffman, Board Co-Chair, Board Secretary, and Audit Committee Chair
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.
James Costa, Board Vice Chair and Development Committee Chair
James is a board member of the International Documentary Association, a member of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), and founder of the film company Birdstreet Productions. His documentary “Lunch Hour” (2014) examines the National School Lunch Program, childhood obesity, and our addiction to unhealthy foods.
James is the chairman of the board for the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, which works with families to support the educational progress of the children of Hunts Point, in the South Bronx. He is also a board member of the California Wildlife Center and serves on the Advisory Board of Sea Shepherd and on the President’s Council of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). James has served as planning chair for Farm Sanctuary’s black-tie Galas at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Cipriani, hosted benefits at his homes, and served on Farm Sanctuary’s Advisory Council.
James holds a B.A. in English and American Lit from Boston University.
Anthony Milazzo, Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Anthony is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting and has extensive experience in auditing, corporate finance, and forensic accounting. At Ankura, Anthony is responsible for leading forensic accounting investigations and dispute matters. Throughout his forensic accounting career he has worked on some well-publicized Ponzi scheme asset recovery matters and investigations. In addition, he provides dispute services including attorney consultation, research, preparation of expert reports and testimony as well as providing technical accounting advice including accounting restatements.
Anthony started his career with KPMG in their audit practice. He also worked in private industry as the corporate controller of a software company that created applications for the commercial real estate market and as the CFO of a start-up dot-com. Most recently, he was a Senior Managing Director with FTI Consulting, a firm that specialized in forensic accounting. Anthony and his wife, Lisa, are long-time vegans. They have two children, Jack and Lucia, who have been vegans from birth and are proud to say that animals are their friends.
Anthony received his B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Chris Allieri, Communications Committee Chair
Chris Allieri is founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a New York- based consultancy focused on delivering high-quality, integrated marketing and public relations programs for early stage companies, individuals, established businesses and non profits alike.
Chris has twenty years of diverse marketing & communications experience across multiple sectors. Prior to launching his own firm, Chris served as the chief communications & marketing executive at Edelman, the world’s largest PR company. Chris was also director of digital, corporate and internal communications at Univision, the U.S. Hispanic media company. He created and executed new technology product and network launches, social and digital media programs and cross-industry partnerships with Netflix, T-Mobile and the Clinton Foundation.
Prior to Univision, Chris led corporate communications for Accenture’s management consulting practice, as well as its sustainability, digital strategy and risk management business lines. He was also director at Grayling, the public relations and public affairs firm, where his clients included the truth Campaign, Coca-Cola and Toyota. Prior to that, Chris was director of communications for MOUSE, a national non-profit organization integrating technology in public schools. Additionally, Chris led community affairs and the corporate foundation for StarMedia Network, the Spanish and Portuguese-language internet company.
Chris has served on the board of directors of The Trevor Project since 2010, and is currently vice chair. Chris received his BA with honors in environmental studies and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his MA in international affairs from Columbia University.
Perhaps most importantly, Chris adopted a rescue lop rabbit named Bean from NYC Animal Care & Control in April 2016. Bean was found in a city park and is now cage-less, happy and free. In many ways Chris feels he was rescued by Bean, not the other way around. Chris and Bean can be found in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY, usually on the floor together.
Dorr Begnal, Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Dorr Begnal is a Managing Director at Park Street Capital L.L.C., an independent, employee-owned investment management firm dedicated exclusively to investing in private market asset classes. Prior to joining Park Street Capital, Dorr worked as a research consultant for Cambridge Associates and was responsible for due diligence and manager selection for non-marketable alternative assets.
A vegetarian for many years, Dorr decided to visit our Watkins Glen shelter, where he received a special tour from National Shelter Director Susie Coston. The experience opened his eyes about the cruelty of conventional farming practices, and he was inspired to go vegan shortly thereafter. He has since been a consistent supporter and revered friend to the animals across our three sanctuary locations.
Dorr lives in the Boston area and shares his life with his dogs and zebra finches. He loves introducing people to vegan food and sharing how fulfilling and accessible a vegan lifestyle can be.
Dorr holds a B.S. degree from Clarkson University, where he also served as a Trustee and is a Member of its Investment Committee.
Emily Deschanel, Education Committee Chair
Emily is an actress and television producer who is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan in the FOX police comedy-drama series “Bones.” A vegan since reading “Diet for a New America” in high school and member of Farm Sanctuary since 2006, Emily has served as Honorary Chair and Host of our black-tie Galas, National Spokesperson for the 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, and host of our Celebration for the Turkeys Thanksgiving event and has also recorded educational videos for Farm Sanctuary.
Emily’s passion for animal rights has led her to produce and provide narration for animal welfare-related documentaries and to appear in PSAs encouraging veganism and compassion towards animals. A consistent voice for farm animals over the years, Emily has raised public awareness about the animal cruelty and environmental degradation perpetuated by factory farming, as well as the health benefits of adopting a vegan diet.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Boston University.
Lyn Devon, Member
A native New Yorker and graduate of Brown University, Lyn Devon has spent her career working in the fashion industry designing womens ready-to-wear. Starting at Zac Posen from the launch of his very first collection, Lyn went on to design for Ralph Lauren and in 2005 launched her eponymous label. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and an award-winning womenswear designer, Lyn built a successful boutique business centered at her showroom on 66th and Madison and produced entirely in New York’s garment center. After designing American luxury sportswear for more than a decade, Lyn has taken a hiatus to raise her two young children and manage her husband’s pottery company, New York Stoneware.
Tamar Huberman, Member
Tamar 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.
Cameron Icard, Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair
On October 4, 2009, Cameron Icard came upon some information at a Farm Sanctuary Walk for Animals booth in Sarasota, FL that changed her life. It was there she grasped for the first time the cruelties of factory farming, and she vowed to never go a day without doing what she could to end the suffering of these victims of industrialized farming. Vegetarian since 1972, she became a vegan overnight.
Since that time, Cameron has lobbied state governments and members of Congress, participated in ballot initiative signature gathering, hosted Farm Sanctuary events, and even worked for a time with Farm Sanctuary’s amazing Development team. A Hilda Club member since 2009, she has been a recipient of Farm Sanctuary’s “Friend to Farm Animals Award” and has been a member of two Anniversary Gala committees.
Cameron has served on the Foundation Board of The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Healthy Start Coalition Board in Florida, and other various conservation and charitable organizations. She is currently on the Advisory Board of New York City’s Animal Care Centers.
Holding a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College, Cameron’s professional work began with Delta Airlines in marketing automation. She also has experience in real estate and law practice management.
Tracey Stewart, Member
Tracey Stewart is a passionate animal advocate and author. She graduated from Drexel University with B.S. in design. After volunteering at animal shelters she found her true calling was working with animals and returned to school to become a veterinary technician.
She is the author of Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better. She is also the founder of the website Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits as well as family-friendly ideas for incorporating humane education into quality time spent together.
She volunteers as a design consultant to various nonprofits. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart; two kids; four dogs; four pigs; one hamster; three rabbits; two guinea pigs; one parrot; and two fish — all rescues except for the kids. She and Jon are currently hard at work developing a Farm Sanctuary sister site in Colts Neck, NJ.
Megan Watkins, Member
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.