Animal Grantmakers 2022 Conference

Program information will be updated regularly (and is subject to change). See the Speakers page for information about confirmed speakers to date.

Animal Grantmakers is exploring the possibility of making select presentations available for viewing online after the conference. Please stay tuned.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Optional field trips. (approximately 9:00 a.m. → 4:00 p.m.) If you would like to participate, please choose one of the following two options when you register:
  • Tour the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and enjoy a nature walk in the nearby Marin Headlands, guided by Project Coyote, OR
  • Visit four highly-respected companion animal-focused non-profits in San Francisco and Oakland Cat Town, Muttville, San Francisco SPCA, and San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

Opening night reception for all participants with guest speaker Mye Hoang, filmmaker and director of the documentary film, Cat Daddies

Monday, October 24, 2022

Opening keynote: Stevan Harnad, Professor, Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Panel discussion: “That’s Your Opinion” – Accomplishments in Court:

  • Chris Berry, Managing Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Steven Wise, Founder and President, NonHuman Rights Project

Panel discussion: “How Covid 19 Transformed Animal Shelter Operations and Inspired the Formation of Human Animals Support Services”

  • Geraldine D’Silva, Director of Community Veterinary Services, San Diego Humane Society
  • Ann Dunn, Director, Oakland Animal Services
  • Bobby Mann, Chief Programs Officer, Humane Rescue Alliance
  • Annette Ramirez, Interim General Manager, Los Angeles Animal Services

Lunch with keynote presentation by Dr. Jyothi V. Robertson, Owner and Principal Consultant, JVR Shelter Strategies

TED Talk-style presentations and a cocktail reception at the nearby David Brower Center. Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Dr. Aysha Akhtar, Co-founder, President and CEO, Center for Contemporary Sciences
  • Dotsie Bausch, Executive Director, Switch4Good
  • Vanessa Castle, Member, Olympic Cougar Project, and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Dr. Peter Li, Associate Professor, University of Houston-Downtown
  • Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
  • Dr. Michelle Lute, National Carnivore Conservation Manager, Project Coyote
  • Miguel Ordeñana, Senior Manager, Community Science, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Dave Phillips, Executive Director, Earth Island Institute and Free Keiko Foundation
  • Ed Stewart, President and Co-founder, Performing Animal Welfare Society

Informal dine-arounds at local vegan-friendly restaurants

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Morning keynote: “Introduction to Effective Altruism and Why Farmed Animals Are Center Stage,” Mikaela Saccoccio, Executive Director, Farmed Animal Funders

Panel discussion: “Once More with Feeling”—Sentience

  • David Peña-Guzman, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Vicky Bond, President, The Humane League

Panel discussion: “What’s Up with Cali?”—Animal Issues and Developments in Our Host State

  • Allison Cardona, California State Director, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of California, Davis
  • Josh Balk, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, Humane Society of the United States

Workshop: “How Funders Can Identify and Support Proximate Leaders”: speakers to be confirmed

Lunch with presentation by Eric Mills, anti-rodeo activist and Coordinator, Action for Animals

Workshop: speaker and topic to be confirmed

Panel discussion: “The Suffering Seas”—Aquatic Factory Farming

  • Catalina López-Sagástegui, Director, Gulf of California Marine Program, Institute of the Americas
  • Marcus Davis, Co-CEO, Rethink Priorities

Panel discussion: “Slaughterhouse Live: What’s New in Alternative Proteins”

  • Artur Elizondo, founder and CEO, The Every Company
  • Amy Huang, University Innovation Manager, the Good Food Institute
  • Ricardo San Martin, Co-director, Alternative Meats (Alt: Meat) Lab, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, University of California, Berkeley

Gala dinner with keynote : speaker and topic to be confirmed

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Morning: Animal Grantmakers Business Meeting (open to Animal Grantmakers members only)

Optional field trip (under exploration)

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