Ali Crumpacker, Executive Director
Ali Crumpacker grew up in New Jersey in the wooded areas of the Pine Barrens on a small hobby farm where the majority of the land was left untimbered and perfect for lazy strolls on a horse to watch the native wildlife. She has devoted her life to helping animals in one way or another ever since, with stints in veterinary hospitals, zoos, and safaris, before finding a home in the sanctuary world. Before coming to Project Chimps, Ali served as Director of The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, CA for seven years. Previously the Director of Wildlife Services with Project Wildlife and Animal Curator with the Cayuga Nature Center, she also volunteered in South Africa for the Endangered Wildlife Trust for rhinoceros conservation research. She holds a master’s degree in zoological administration from George Mason University, a bachelor’s degree in environmental psychology from Ramapo College, and a certification in nonprofit management from Chapman University.
Board of Directors
Bruce Wagman, President
Bruce is an animal lawyer, an expert strategist, and a true friend to animals. He is a partner in the San Francisco office of national law firm Schiff Hardin. Bruce has an almost exclusive focus on a wide range of animal law matters, including litigation, education, legislative counseling, and consultation. He has been practicing animal law since 1992 and has represented clients in state and federal courts as well as regulatory and administrative proceedings. Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals. He is a coeditor of Animal Law, the first animal law casebook, currently in its fifth edition; and coauthor of A Worldview of Animal Law, which provides a broad perspective on animal law around the world. He has been teaching Animal Law since 1996 and currently teaches at three Bay Area law schools. He was a founding board member of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and has advised members of the chimpanzee sanctuary community on a wide range of legal issues.
Marsha Perelman, Treasurer
Marsha is a keen businesswoman and philanthropist with extensive experience in fundraising, having chaired capital campaigns totaling over $75M. She is a director of several non-profit organizations including the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, and she chairs the Knight Foundation Philadelphia Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board. Marsha received her BA from Northwestern University and her master’s from the University of Pennsylvania. Her career in the energy business began at Buckeye Pipe Line Company and she has served on the boards of two NYSE energy companies. She is also the former board chair of the Franklin Institute and the ASPCA, and former vice chair, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Zoo.
Adrienne and Billie Joe Armstrong
Project Chimps founding board members, Billie Joe and Adrienne Armstrong, are passionate supporters of human and animal welfare causes. Billie Joe Armstrong is the front man of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducted and Grammy Award-winning band Green Day. Adrienne Armstrong, his wife, has a BA in Sociology and is a co-owner of Atomic Garden, a thoughtfully curated shop in Oakland, California. Together the two are active philanthropists supporting numerous environmental and social justice groups, as well various organizations within their local community. Billie Joe and Adrienne currently reside in the East Bay with their two sons and four dogs.
Ben is currently the president of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. The Trust addresses wildlife’s most urgent need by permanently protecting the vital habitats wild animals need to survive. Previously he was the director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, the flagship sanctuary of The Fund for Animals, where he developed and implemented long-range plans, oversaw strategic development and center expansion, worked to raise the profile of the sanctuary nationally and locally, and enhanced outreach and programming. Ben is a graduate of Texas A&M University’s School of Architecture and was co-founder of a Dallas-based business, Mohment LLC, which specializes in healthcare, master-planning and commercial and high-end residential architecture with an emphasis on sustainable design.
Kathleen (Katie) M. Conlee
Katie is vice president for animal research issues with The HSUS and has worked for the organization since 1999. Her work focuses on the long-term goal of replacing the use of animals in harmful research and testing and the ongoing development and implementation of non-animal alternatives. Katie, in collaboration with other organizations, led The HSUS’s efforts to essentially end the use of chimpanzees in research in the U.S. and is now focused on the retirement of chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries. Prior to joining The HSUS, she spent several years at a primate breeding and research facility in South Carolina as the behavioral manager for more than 3,000 primates, applying environmental enrichment and other strategies to reduce stress and help emotionally disturbed animals. She also worked as the supervisor of care at the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for chimpanzees and orangutans. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in public administration, with a specialization in public policy.
Eric L. (“Rick”) Bernthal
Eric is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS). A member of The HSUS’ board since 2007, Rick retired from the practice of law in 2012 to devote his full time to animal welfare, and he has served as The HSUS’ board chair since then. Rick was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins for 26 years, specializing in corporate and communications law. He served as Managing Partner of Latham’s Washington, DC office for more than a decade. He also served as a director for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and he and his wife provided foster care for children for many years. Rick is also the chief executive officer of Story Factory, LLC, a theatrical and movie production company.
Elizabeth received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University. She started her career in investment banking at Salomon Brothers Inc in 1985, and then moved to the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at S.G. Warburg Inc. From 1995 to 2005, she was a partner at Rothschild Inc. Her nonprofit experience is focused primarily on early childhood education and animal welfare. She served on the board of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 12 years, and helped found two schools for underserved children in New York. She is past president of the Gibbes Museum, the Preservation Society of Charleston, Social Venture Partners Charleston and Charleston Animal Society. She currently serves on the board of the Coastal Community Foundation. She and her husband share their home in Charleston, SC with five large dogs.
Andrew is President and CEO of Humane Society International; Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer for The HSUS; and president of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust’s board of directors. Before joining The HSUS, Andrew was director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy and he chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Andrew received a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1975 after earning a master’s degree in the same discipline at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Andrew is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Andrew has been campaigning to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research since 1976. For several years, he served on an NIH Ad Hoc Committee on chimpanzee retirement and has overseen The HSUS campaign to end research on chimpanzees for the past twenty years.