Founded in 2010 by Amanda Hearst, the Friends of Finn committee is a group of young leaders dedicated to working with The HSUS to put an end to the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and to advocate for pet adoption.
Georgina Bloomberg, a founding member of The HSUS’s Friends of Finn Committee, is a competitive show jumper and the co-author of four young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit. She is on the board of the ASPCA, the Equestrian AID Foundation, Animal Aid, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Bloomberg Sisters Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team. She is also an Equine Welfare Ambassador for the ASPCA and current member of the Horse Council for The HSUS. In 2006 she founded The Riders Closet, a program that collects used riding clothes and donates them to intercollegiate riding programs and other riders in need. Bloomberg resides in New York and South Florida with her son, Jasper, and their four-legged family.
Tripp Callan is an investor in special situations and development stage companies. He was formerly an investor at Silver Point Capital, an investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he held a variety of leadership positions from 2003 to 2012. Prior to this, he was an analyst at Goldman Sachs from 2001 to 2003. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2001, where he concentrated in government and played varsity lacrosse. Callan is a trustee of the Nature Conservancy of New York and a member of Atlantik Bruecke, the Ambassador Council of the International Crisis Group, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Animal Haven's Advisory Board.
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Amanda Hearst is the Founder and Chair of Friends of Finn, and serves on The HSUS Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of NEST. Hearst co-founded an ethical fashion e-commerce business, Maison de Mode, where she sells and supports conscious commerce, and is also the Special Projects Editor at Town & Country magazine, where she writes about sustainable fashion and travel. Named one of the "20 Under 40" philanthropists by the New York Observer, Hearst received The HSUS Compassion in Action award in 2015 for her work on behalf of animals. She currently resides in Manhattan with her pup, Finnegan.
Michael Katz is the CEO and Co-Founder of mParticle, a mobile data platform which has been recognized as one of the most innovative companies in New York tech. Prior, he founded interclick, an advertising technology company that he took public in 2009 before its acquisition by Yahoo in 2011 for $270M. Katz is involved in several animal rescue organizations, sits on the board of multiple companies and is also an active angel investor. He currently lives in New York City and attended Syracuse University.
Stephen Read has worked in finance in the fixed income divisions of Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and BNP Paribas. He has been a staunch advocate of Friends of Finn since its inception, tirelessly helping to raise funds in support of The HSUS’s mission. After the passing of his rescue cat Socks in early 2014, his passion to end animal cruelty has only increased. He currently resides in lower Manhattan with his wife, Sarah Read, and their two rescue kittens, Carl and Norman.
Breanna Schultz recently obtained her master's degree in animal behavior and conservation with a focus on rehabilitation of canines that had been through trauma, including puppy mills. She also has over six years of entertainment marketing experience, working with companies such as the Seattle Seahawks, Warner Bros., and Edelman. Schultz’s goal is to combine her previous marketing experience and new master's degree to make a significant and meaningful difference within animal welfare. Her husband, Jordan Schultz, and daughter Wren all share a love for animals, having four pets themselves: cats Felix and Ruca, along with dogs Lexi and Zeppelin.
Courtney Stroum Meagher is a third generation entrepreneur, partner in her family business and consultant for a diverse clientele, including The HSUS. A longtime animal advocate with extensive experience fostering and volunteering in shelters, she lends her support to a number of animal welfare organizations. Her first dog, Charlotte, came from a puppy mill and battled a lifelong congenital disease, the result of irresponsible practices that are standard in commercial dog breeding facilities. She believes Friends of Finn is helping give a voice to the voiceless and spread an important message: Adopt, don’t shop! Stroum Meagher received a B.A. from New York University and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Seattle-based tech start-up Stylyze and The HSUS’s New York State Council.
Katie Sturino is a New York based fashion blogger for The12ishStyle and stage mom to her puppy mill rescue and Instagram-famous dogs, Toast, Muppet and Pants. Rescuing dogs has been a long-standing activity in Sturino’s life, and she loves helping others find the right dog.
Kensey (Cone) Biggs is a Senior Vice President at Abernathy MacGregor, a strategic financial communications consulting firm. She began her career in finance, working at Marathon Asset Management and Goldman Sachs. In 2011, Biggs transitioned to financial communications and joined Teneo Strategy before launching her own firm, Dalloway Advisory Group. Animals have always been a central part of her life, especially dogs, starting with her earliest childhood memory of when her family got their first dachshund, Duchess. Today, she and her husband are the proud parents of a miniature dachshund named Pickles. Over the years, she has supported a number of animal welfare organizations in addition to The HSUS, including Animal Haven, Muddy Paws Rescue, Flying Manes and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among others. Passionate about the rise of the “humane economy," Biggs believes there is a significant opportunity for corporations to be more responsible stewards of environmental, social and governance issues, including animal welfare. She hopes to help eradicate puppy mills and advance the movement to treat all creatures humanely.
Morgan Bogle is an animal activist, a voice for bully breeds and the Founder of Freedom of Animals, an ethical and sustainable luxury handbag line. Launched in 2013 as a way to marry her love for animals with the fashion world she worked in, the company has partnered with several conservation groups worldwide, as well as actress and passionate animal advocate, Nikki Reed. Morgan has fostered 25 Pitbull/American Bulldogs and spearheaded an impressive campaign to find her lost dog, Sugar, with overwhelming support globally using the hashtag #FindSugarNYC. Her focus is advocating for those who do not have a voice and putting an end to irresponsible breeding.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese, best known for his appearance on ABC's The Bachelor, is the Founder and President of Prince Lorenzo’s Royal Treatment, a bath, body and skin care line for pets. Borghese is also the Founder of Royal Pet Club. He has been involved in many animal welfare organizations, including North Shore Animal League and the ASPCA, and is an ambassador to the American Humane Association. He is also President and Co-Founder of Animal Aid USA, a not-for-profit that saves dogs from death row. To date the organization has saved over 12,000 lives.
Stephanie Riggio Bulger is a lifelong animal lover and proud mom to a stable of horses, rescue goats and donkeys, dogs and an adorable human baby named Leo. A graduate of Columbia University and The New School, she is an adjunct professor of English at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY. Riggio Bulger and her husband, Michael Bulger, split their time between New York and South Florida, and try to spend as much time with their four-legged friends as possible.
Liz Dee is a food company executive, ethical vegan and impact investor who is dedicated to alleviating animal suffering. As a Co-Owner and Executive Vice President of Smarties Candy Company and CEO of Baleine & Bjorn Capital LLC, Dee provides unique insights into the future of food and the shifting trajectory toward responsible business models. She serves as an advisor to The Good Food Institute as well as to various companies creating plant-based and cultured versions of outdated animal products. Dee has been featured in The New York Times, CNNMoney, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, among other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband, artist Nick Garin, and Sandy, a "perfect mix" mutt who was hours away from being euthanized prior to rescue. Dee serves on the Friends of Finn Advisory Committee to end puppy mills and promotes the message, "Adopt, don't shop!"
Dylan Lauren, known to many as the "Candy Queen," is the Founder and CEO of Dylan's Candy Bar. As the daughter of legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren and author Ricky Lauren, Dylan was immersed at an early age in design, art and fashion. After graduating from Duke University with a major in art history, she traveled the globe in search of the world's most exciting confectionery creations. By 2001, she realized her childhood dream by opening her first candy store. Lauren and her "candy-centric" tips for living the sweet life are often featured in press across the country.
Sarah Read works in finance at BlackRock, an asset management firm in New York City. A lifetime animal lover, she raised rescue cats throughout her life, taking in her first kitten at age 5, found deserted on the street. Years later, she adopted a loving and quirky tuxedo cat named Socks from a shelter in Baltimore. Now Read and her husband are the proud parents of two rescue kittens from Animal Haven, Carl and Norman. Passionate about Friends of Finn and crusading against animal cruelty, she is determined to get out the message, "Adopt, don't shop" so that animals like Socks, Carl and Norman can find a forever home. She currently resides in Chelsea, Manhattan, with her husband and fellow Friends of Finn member, Stephen Read.
Lauren Schweibold is the Founder and Owner of Madison Events, a New York-based boutique event planning firm focused on corporate and non-profit clients. She has spent the past 20 years executing large-scale events at various financial firms including Bear Stearns, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) and Guggenheim Partners, as well as providing event-planning services to numerous non-profit organizations such as Minds Matter, The Fortune Society, The River Fund, The HSUS and Animal Care & Control. Schweibold is an adamant animal rights advocate and supporter having spent years working with different animal organizations to help further their plights. She spends time volunteering for these causes and is often times a foster mom to dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. She holds a B.A. from Villanova University and spends her free time volunteering, participating in endurance sports and caring for her daughter, Charlotte and fur babies, Baxter and Bella.
Hilary Sloan leads ShopStyle.com's influencer business, ShopStyle Collective, a premier influencer program that monetizes digital shopping content and is used by over 14,000 influencers. After rescuing her dog, Ella Bean, and watching her develop from scared and sickly puppy mill rescue into a healthy and social dog, Sloan has found a passion for educating others on the importance of rescue and the truth behind pet store puppies and online pet sales. Combining her drive to educate others on the need to adopt, not shop, and her knowledge of the influencer space, Ella Bean now boasts a substantial following on social media who follow her rags to riches story.
Kelly Vitko is a fashion industry veteran with a lifelong passion to improve the lives of animals. Through her fundraising efforts and volunteering, she strives to raise awareness of animal cruelty here and abroad. She is also the New York State co-leader for The HSUS’s Faith Outreach Program, a community group of ambassadors who work to increase the church's participation in animal protection initiatives via stewardship and faith. Her dream is to one day own a farm where hundreds of rescued animals can have a good life. She shares her West Village apartment in New York City with her kitties, Olive, rescued from a dumpster in Georgia, and SJ, found wondering the streets of Queens, NY.
Membership Circle members are plugged into what’s happening with FoF in an effort to expand the reach of The HSUS and cultivate more serious engagement in the future. Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing FoF’s work and staying informed. To become involved in the Membership Circle, please contact Courtney Stroum Meagher at email@example.com.