Kara Vernor came to the Animal Legal Defense Fund with nearly a decade of experience writing and managing government, corporate, and foundation grants for a large and complex social service agency, where she served as the Director of Program & Organization Development. In her role there she also led program managers in designing, articulating, and evaluating their programs, as well as managing two program areas herself. Guided by her commitment to equity and social justice, she has also served as the Education & Prevention Coordinator at a rape crisis center in Ohio and as the staff consultant at the Santa Rosa-based Results Group, where she worked with nonprofit and public sector organizations to strengthen their capacity through strategic planning, change management, program evaluation, and more. She was awarded a BA in English and a Secondary Language Arts Teaching Credential from Humboldt State University, an MA in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Her love for her companion animals led to her interest in joining an organization that focused on animal justice and protection. An avid reader, her interest grew after learning more about animal experimentation, factory farming, and wildlife extinction through books like Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals and David R. Boyd’s The Rights of Nature. She is thrilled to now be putting her experience to use toward bettering the lives of animals through building relationships with foundations and securing grant funding. She lives in Napa with her partner, his son, and their three rescue cats, and in her free time, she likes to read, write, ride bikes with her family, and tend to her garden, where she grows too much zucchini and not enough cantaloupe.