Our US office has a team of experienced individuals with knowledge on a wide range of subjects. To find out more or schedule an interview, please contact Jeanne Turkheimer, Communications Manager.
Gerardo Huertas, Director of Disaster Management
Gerardo has worked at World Animal Protection since 1982. He has worked in some of the world’s fiercest disasters from warzones to natural, such as Haiti, the Japan tsunami and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Areas of expertise: Disaster risk reduction, preparedness, emergency response, humane education/slaughter, population control
Ben Williamson, Programs Director
As programs director, Ben oversees our five campaign areas: Wildlife. Not Entertainers, Wildlife. Not Pets, Raise Pigs Right, Change for Chickens, and Meat Reduction.
Areas of expertise: Animals in entertainment, exotic pets, farmed animals, cruelty to animals
Cameron Harsh, Farming Campaign Manager – Raise Pigs Right
Cameron works to improves the lives of farmed pigs in the United States working with producers, farmers and suppliers to improve conditions. Prior to joining World Animal Protection in 2018 he worked on food safety policy.
Areas of expertise: Pig welfare, improvement of health, sustainability, and equity of our food system, food and farming policy
Julie Cappiello, Wildlife Campaign Manager – Wildlife. Not Entertainers
Julie works to protect wild animals from the abuses of the entertainment industry. She has been an animal rights activist and vegan for nearly a decade and has worked in numerous grassroots, political, and international animal rights organizations.
Areas of expertise: Wildlife, animals used for entertainment with strong focus in animals used in circuses, elephant riding, animal-friendly travel, and marine mammals in captivity
Joe Loria – Meat Reduction
Joe works on a campaign that aims to inspire and educate the public, businesses and politicians to reduce meat consumption.
Areas of expertise: Meat reduction, sustainability, and food policy and innovation.