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Sheep at Farm Sanctuary

Chief Executive Officer

Megan Watkins

Megan Watkins, CEO of Farm Sanctuary with a sheep

Megan Watkins has spent more than two decades championing vulnerable populations. She brings valuable strategy, management, and philanthropy experience to her role, and a personal commitment to farm animal protection—having dedicated nine years to Farm Sanctuary’s board of directors.

Megan previously served as Managing Director and National Practice Executive in the Philanthropic Solutions group at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She advised individual, corporate, and family-wealth clients of U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch on philanthropic management and strategy for more than 10 years. Megan grew a robust philanthropic advisory practice, helping clients articulate their philanthropic vision and implementing programs that resulted in gifts of hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable work.

Before joining U.S. Trust, Megan was a vice president in the Philanthropic Services Group at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she managed a client and grant portfolio focused on animal welfare and protection, community development, and human services. Megan developed a variety of funding initiatives and conducted organizational assessments of hundreds of nonprofit organizations working on behalf of companion animals, threatened and endangered species, at-risk youth, survivors of domestic violence, and the homeless. Her 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.

President and Co-founder

Gene Baur

Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur with Meg cow

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. He played a key role in the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and enacting the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems. His work has been covered by major media organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, NPR and the BBC. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Simon and Schuster, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his ongoing writing, activism, and speaking engagements, Gene continues working to expose the abuses of factory farming and to advocate for a just and sustainable plant based food system. Gene has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

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Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur with Meg cow

Board of Directors

Farm Sanctuary Board Member Emily Deschanel

Emily Deschanel


Farm Sanctuary Board Member Anthony Milazzo

Anthony Milazzo

Vice Chair and Treasurer

Farm Sanctuary Board Member Nirva Patel

Nirva Patel


Farm Sanctuary Board Member Chris Allieri

Chris Allieri

Committee Chair

Farm Sanctuary Board Member Lyn Devon

Lyn Devon


Farm Sanctuary Board Member Deborah DiMare

Deborah DiMare


Farm Sanctuary Board Member Robert Procaccianti

Robert Procaccianti


Farm Sanctuary Board Member Sandee Ting

Sandee Ting Simshauser


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