June 28 - July 1 ♦ Los Angeles, CA
Sheraton Gateway Hotel

Conference Leadership

After more than thirty years of running the Animal Rights National Conference as conference chair, Farm Animal Rights Movement’s founder and president, Alex Hershaft, is passing conference responsibilities to a leadership team led by Jen Riley and Dawn Moncrief. Collaborating as co-chairs, both have a long working history with FARM and the conference and will be enlisting a broad spectrum of feedback with an advisory committee that is inclusive and diverse in areas of expertise and strategy. With institutional knowledge, Alex will be available as requested to provide consultation while the new leadership team operationalizes the priorities and programming for the next generation of animal rights advocates and movement-builders.

Meet the new Co-Chairs:

Jen17r Jen Riley has been part of the Animal Rights National Conference operations team since 2005. As Operations Director for the past seven years, she has been responsible for overseeing the smooth-running and functioning of the four-day event. Working closely with an exceptional team of managers, Jen has overseen areas of sponsorships, exhibits, registration, hotel liaising, and networking events. Her years of experience as Managing Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement cultivated her administrative skills, financial management, and team-building. Jen is excited to expand her role as conference co-chair to assist in unifying and strengthening the animal rights movement by facilitating diversity, equity, inclusion, and representation of all sectors of the movement.
 Dawn Moncrief 600x600 Dawn Moncrief served as Executive Director of the Farm Animal Rights Movement and Operations Director of the Animal Rights National Conference from 2002 through 2009. Currently, Dawn is the Founding Director of A Well-Fed World (AWFW), a vegan hunger relief and animal protection working in the U.S. and internationally.  In addition to providing financial and material support for vegan feeding/farming programs, and farmed animal care/rescue, A Well-Fed World provides grants and capacity-building resources to empower grassroots vegan and animal advocacy groups. At the movement level, Dawn and A Well-Fed World promote a cooperative model of leadership and advocacy that is diverse in strategy and demographics.

Background Overview:

The Animal Rights National Conferences have been organized since 1981 by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) with some breaks between 1987 and 2000, then every year since 2000. They are typically co-sponsored by three dozen organizations.

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a national non-profit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health.