Our People

Having Kids was formed by a group of individuals and families who care deeply about children, democracy, the natural world, and our future. In looking for ways to do good work in these areas, the group encountered complications in currently accepted reproductive rights modeling that hinder reforms that could help children, improve democracies, and protect and restore our environment. Having published some of the most comprehensive analyses of human rights-based family planning, the group is now dedicated to promoting the Fair Start family planning model as the solution to many of the world’s problems.

Anne Green, PhD

Anne Green, PhD

Executive Director

Anne Green (left) is Director of Operations for Our Hen House. She is also co-founder of One Step for Animals, her second major animal advocacy start-up. Prior to working full-time in the nonprofit world, Dr. Green was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, winning the college’s top teaching award. She was also President of the American Association of Teachers of German. She believes in and practices the Having Kids Model: Ellen (right) – a lifelong vegan, nationally recognized scholar, and athlete – works on science and technology policy in Washington, DC. Anne lives in Tucson, AZ with her spouse, Matt Ball.

Nikki Mosgrove

Nikki Mosgrove

Director of Grassroots Outreach

In addition to her work with Having Kids, Nikki manages over $15 million in grants and programs for a Northeastern-based community foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business. She is a member of The Society of Friends (The Quakers) and committed to working towards equality for all.

Courtney Dillard

Courtney Dillard

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Courtney is a Continuing Instructor in the Communication & Media Studies Department at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas- Austin and her MA from The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. For over a decade, Courtney’s research agenda has focused on persuasion and social change. In the last several years, she has primarily taught Public Speaking, Mass Media & Persuasion, Political Communication and Designing Persuasive Campaigns. She has also worked to support the persuasive efforts of nonprofit organizations and state agencies on topics ranging from healthcare to the environment. In 2008 she founded Common Good Persuasion, a communication consulting agency.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Sarah is a practicing Registered Cardiovascular Nurse in San Francisco and has over ten-years experience as a critical care nurse. Sarah also just received her Master in Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University, graduating with high honors. She is currently launching her Non-Profit, Love Library, focused on integrative medicine, primary prevention and health advocacy. Additionally, Sarah was a regional leader for the Prop 37 Campaign in California to Label Genetically Modified Foods. She is currently embarking on a worldwide tour to study native health, healing, nutrition and woman’s issues.

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams

Writer/Editor

Kelly works as an editor for The Humane Society of the United States, shaping stories for the award-winning member magazine All Animals. She has written professionally for nearly a decade and graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in English. Kelly advocates for more humane and sustainable eating through her vegan food blog, which has been published on One Green Planet.

Matt Hamity

Matt Hamity

Director of Research

In addition to his work at Having Kids, Matt is an animal rights attorney. His chief client is the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Matt obtained his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law. He also received his Master in Fine Arts from Columbia University and has published fiction in Conjunctions: 50 Contemporary Writers, Carolina Quarterly, and Prism International. Most recently, his article, “Cosmetic and convenience surgeries on companion animals: the case for laws with bite to protect a dog’s bark,” appeared in Contemporary Justice Review.
Matt Ball

Matt Ball

Operations

For over 30 years, Matt has been a globally-recognized authority on advocacy and applied ethics. He and Anne Green were co-founders of Vegan Outreach in 1993, and, with Joe Espinosa, co-founded One Step for Animals in 2014. With Bruce Friedrich, he wrote The Animal Activist’s Handbook, about which Peter Singer wrote “Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now.” In 2014, Matt published The Accidental Activist, for which Dr. Michael Greger wrote, “Over the past two decades, Matt Ball has had a singularly profound influence on the animal protection movement in the United States.” Previously he was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow, during which time he earned an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and an M.S. in Forest Ecology.

Carter Dillard

Carter Dillard

Founder and President of the Board of Directors

Carter has published over a dozen articles, including peer-reviewed pieces, on population ethics and also serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. He began his career as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice and later served as a legal adviser to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in the National Security Law Division. He has taught on the faculties or held appointments at University of Oxford, Lewis and Clark Law School, Emory University School of Law, and Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law. He holds a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D., Order of the Coif and with honors, from Emory University, and an LL.M. from New York University, where he wrote his thesis – on a deeply theorized right to have children – under Jeremy Waldron.

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