Board of Directors

Farm Sanctuary Board of Directors


Emily Deschanel

Emily is an actor and television producer who is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan in the FOX crime comedy-drama series Bones. She is also an advocate for farm animals and a vegan since reading Diet for a New America in high school. Emily has been a member of Farm Sanctuary since 2006 and joined the board of directors in 2014. She 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.


Anthony Milazzo
Vice Chair and Treasurer

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.

Nirva Patel
Secretary and Development Committee Chair

Nirva is a former corporate lawyer, now a passionate advocate for animal rights. Most recently, Nirva was an Executive Producer of The Game Changers documentary – an evidence based film featuring elite plant-based athletes. Nirva has sparked a number of advocacy campaigns individually, including a 2018 initiative asking Jain temples across the United States to remove ghee and dairy; questioning the application of the term “sanctuary” to a local farm in Massachusetts; and appearing in and advocating for vegan fashion in high profile magazines. Nirva has provided strategic fundraising efforts for numerous non-profit capital & development campaigns in Boston. Previously Nirva worked at Nixon Peabody LLC, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai.

Nirva earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a JD from The New England School of Law. She lives in Boston with her husband and four children.

Chris Allieri

Chris Allieri
Audit Committee Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Chris Allieri is founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a New York-based public relations, public affairs and communications firm.

Chris has more than 20 years of diverse marketing and communications experience across multiple sectors. Prior to launching his own firm, Chris held senior roles at Accenture, Grayling, Edelman, and Univision.

Chris is also a member of the board of directors of the Wild Bird Fund in New York City, as well as the University of Colorado Alumni Association. He is a shelter volunteer at NYC Animal Care Centers (ACC) in Brooklyn. He is on the advisory board for Voters for Animal Rights where he focuses on combating cruelty in New York City’s storefront slaughterhouses.

Chris received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his master’s degree in international affairs and economic and political development from Columbia University. Chris teaches marketing at the Parsons School of Design.

He lives in Brooklyn with rabbits Bean and Sydney, who he adopted from ACC. Both were found discarded in city parks, and are now dearly loved, happy, healthy and cage-free.


Lyn Devon

A native New Yorker and graduate of Brown University, Lyn Devon has spent her career working in the fashion industry designing women’s 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.