At CompassionWorks International, we believe in kindness, respect, unity, dialogue, community, commitment, strategic action, one world for all beings, neighbors talking to neighbors, and friends sharing with friends.
And, like you, we envision a day when all animals are able to live their lives free from harm and suffering.
But change for animals will not happen unassisted. The animals held captive by the entertainment industry, used for medical testing, and slaughtered for their fur, skins, and flesh need our collective voice. They are counting on us to speak loudly, clearly, and effectively on their behalf to let the world know that they are sentient beings with families, feelings, and a right to freedom.
At CWI, we provide the assistance needed to bring hope to animals. We believe that by implementing professional, strategic actions within our communities, every one of us can be a beacon of light that spreads awareness about the pain and suffering that occurs inside the tanks, under the big tops, at the hands of trophy hunters, and behind the shuttered doors of factory farms and medical testing facilities.
Stand with CWI as we create a free and fair world for all beings.
2018 Mid-Year Report
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Carrie LeBlanc, MA
President and Executive Director
As the Founder and Executive Director of CompassionWorks International, Carrie works diligently to improve and enhance the techniques and strategies in the animal advocacy movement. Her leadership has led to the demise of circuses and circus performances, and helped to change hearts and minds with regard to issues of animal captivity and trophy hunting.
Prior to founding CWI, Carrie worked alongside many notable organizations including Compassion Over Killing, FARM, and Darwin Animal Doctors. As a recognized expert in the fields of nonprofit management and fundraising, Carrie has successfully raised millions of dollars for charity work, helped to restructure and stabilize numerous nonprofit organizations, and has consulted for or advised over a dozen nonprofits focused on animal protection.
An animal activist from a young age, Carrie became vegetarian shortly after graduating from high school and went vegan twenty years later after learning of the tragic plight of male chicks hatched into the egg industry. A year after becoming vegan, Carrie founded Go Vegan USA, a project focused on community-based activism, and ran the founding chapter in Santa Barbara, California. Amongst other activities, Carrie co-founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Santa Barbara, has been a board member on her local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has published several articles related to veganism, nonprofits, and fundraising.
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in art history both from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a published art historian. She currently lives in Henderson, Nevada where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Board Secretary and Social Media Advisor
When Julie was in eighth grade, she was voted "most likely to become an animal rights activist" in her graduation yearbook. Now, years later, she is a vegan and animal activist for more than six years and focuses on urging fellow animal activists to get involved in their local communities. As a descendent of former circus-owners, animal "trainers", and circus aerialists, Julie spends her days working for animal-free circuses and helping animals (ab)used for entertainment.
As Social Media Manager, Julie creates and executes social media campaigns to help animal activists be a voice for animals wherever they are and whenever they can.
Before joining CompassionWorks International, Julie co-founded and ran a grassroots nonprofit in New York and served as Vice President and Director of Communications until her departure in late 2015.
Board Member and National Campaign Manager
Rosemary has several years of robust experience leading grassroots advocacy efforts in the Carolinas. She founded an active and ever-growing vegan social/support/education organization and statewide animal rights group, and served on the board of her local farmed animal sanctuary. She also brings more than a decade of professional expertise in fundraising, event management, communications and non-profit marketing to her role at CWI.
A 14-year vegan, Rosemary lives outside Asheville, NC with her companion cat Shasti.
Trophy Hunting and WRATH campaign coordinator
Mikalah is in her final semester at Lewis & Clark Law School earning her JD in animal law, and starting January will begin work on her LLM in Natural Resources and Environmental Law.
She has been focused on protecting wildlife through the legal system and policy work and wants to help put an end to trophy hunting and animal exploitation as a whole. She is an advocate for living a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to camp, hike, drink local beer, and enjoy the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, as well as relax with her two rescue cats, Archer and Rory. If you're interested in keeping up with Archer and Rory, they have their own Instagram: @archerandrory
Tony "the Aussie"
Volunteer Coordinator and Photographer
Tony is new to the world of animal advocacy, but brings a wealth of experience with him to CompassionWorks International. Both a professional photographer and a successful entrepreneur, Tony has already expanded our cache of photography that we use to create dynamic and effective protest posters and leaflets. He has also served as the official photographer of the Worldwide Rally For Cecil.
Tony is additionally serves as a committee member of CWI's Vegas VegFest and coordinates all volunteer activities surrounding the fest. He is currently working to broaden CWI's range of events to include other vegan gatherings and festivals in the Las Vegas valley.
He looks forward to continuing to assist in building CWI's range of programming and visual content, while also perfecting his vegan ice cream recipes!
Gayle S. Boesky, Esq., Attorney
Ady Gil, Philanthropist
Matthew Goodwin, Former Board President, VegFund and Entrepreneur
Matt Letten, Founder of Vegan Bros and Entrepreneur
Andy Mars, Ph.D., Director of VegKids and Expert Child Educator
Bryan Monell, Undercover Investigator and Animal Activist
Thomas Ponce, Executive Director, Lobby For Animals
Deb Robinson, Attorney and Captive Animal Expert
Martyn Stewart, BBC Filmmaker and Undercover Investigator