Trustees and Honorary Board Members

IFAW's Trustees and Honorary Board members share our values and commitment to building a world where animals are respected and protected. We are grateful for their contributions. Click here for a printable PDF of Trustees or the Honorary Board.


Kathleen Savesky Buckley, Trustee Chair

An independent consultant to foundations and non-profit organizations, Savesky has more than 35 years ofleadership experience in the nonprofit and higher education fields. She has served in a variety of executive roles at such organizations as the Peninsula Humane Society, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the National Association for the Advancement of Humane Education.

Mark T. Beaudouin

Beaudouin has been the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Waters Corporation since 2003. Prior to joining Waters, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of PAREXEL International Corporation, a bio/pharmaceutical services company, BC International, Inc., a development stage biotechnology company, and J. Baker, Inc., a diversified retail company. He began his legal career at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the New England Legal Foundation and a Director of the National Academy for the Advancement of Teacher Education. Beaudouin received a B.A. from Boston College in 1977 and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1982.

Barbara U. Birdsey

Birdsey is the founder of the Pegasus Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to animal protection, environmental preservation and public education in various parts of the United States, the Caribbean and Kenya. She founded the Orenda Wildlife Land Trust in Massachusetts and helped co-found the Cape Cod Stranding Network, which is now IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research programme. A former social worker, she has degrees from Boston University and Bridgewater State College.

James Costa

A Boston-born documentary film maker, Costa primarily resides in Los Angeles, CA where he utilizes his passions and talents as a philanthropist and humanitarian. He is a board member of the International Documentary Association, vice chair of the board for Farm Sanctuary, a member of the advisory board for Sea Shepherd, and on the President’s Council for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is the proud companion of three furry friends: Freeway (dog), Shadow (cat), and Dominic (rabbit). Costa holds a BA in English and American Literature from Boston University.

Graeme R. Cottam

Following a career in law and accounting in London, Moscow and New York, Graeme has been a board member of two major libraries in the UK, a women’s healthcare charity and a US family foundation. He received a law degree from the University of Bristol in 1977 and was called to the English Bar in Middle Temple in 1978. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In his spare time, Graeme works with fellow activists to help conserve a local nature reserve.

Joyce C. Doria, Vice Chair

Doria is a former Senior Vice President, elected member and chair for the Worldwide Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Booz Allen Hamilton. During her career, Joyce consulted for the Secretary of State, the president of the Brookings Institute, US Congress and multiple Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners of the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Treasury, Defense and Interior. She also has served on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Brian W. Hutchinson

A corporate affairs, community and charitable giving specialist, Hutchinson has extensive experience in financial services.

Margaret A. Kennedy

The Finance Manager of the See Forever Foundation in Washington, DC, an organization working with at-risk urban teenagers, Kennedy is an expert on financial management of nonprofit organizations.

Kit Lilly

Lilly recently retired from a 23-year career in banking, where she was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America focused on the healthcare, education and non-profit industries. Her goal in retiring was to transition to animal causes full-time. She has an MBA with honors from Boston University, where she focused on the management of public and not-for-profit organizations. She is a founder and current Board President of Charles River Alleycats, the largest Trap-Neuter-Return group in the Greater Boston area, and of Helping Animals Living Overseas (HALO), Inc., which constructed and supports a veterinary clinic in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. She is on the Board of the MSPCA-Angell in Boston and serves on the Massachusetts State Council for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Greg Mertz

As co-founder of the boutique consulting firm Chalkboard Music, he serves as lead consultant for technology initiatives within Warner Music Group. During the past 15 years, he has also played an advisory role to multiple startup companies in media, including LANDR, Littlstar, Incoming Media and Emerge. He is a founding member of President Obama’s Entertainment Advisory Council and co-founded the Mutapa Foundation, which has helped support and fund the launch of Zimbabwe’s first orphaned baby elephant rehabilitation and release program.

Debobrata Mukherjee

Chief Executive Officer of Redco Foods Inc., Mukherjee has more than 20 years of experience in consumer marketing strategies, brand management, and new product development. He has served in executive positions at Mars Inc., Slim-Fast, H.J. Heinz Co. and Hershey Co. Mukherjee has an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

Thomas P. O’Neill, III

Chief Executive Officer of O’Neill and Associates, a public affairs company, O’Neill has extensive experience in government relations and communications and served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.

Susan J. Wallace

A long-time family board member of the Wallace Global Fund, Wallace and her husband Bruce established the Woodtiger Fund to protect biodiversity from the effects of human activity, including climate change. She is board vice-chair of Defenders of Wildlife and serves on the boards of Bat Conservation International; Wildlife Guardians; Land, Empowerment, Animals, People; Rachel’s Network and the Woodtiger Fund. She earned degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Pennsylvania.

Honorary Board members
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“I like working with IFAW, because it’s an organization that has heart and compassion, exemplifying my longtime credo ‘every individual matters, every individual makes a difference.’"
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HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein

Founder, The Princess Alia Foundation, Jordan

“IFAW’s animal welfare principles and successful hands-on work in diverse communities align perfectly with the Princess Alia Foundation’s motto ‘Compassion and Respect Towards All Creation.” (Read bio)

Keely Shaye Brosnan

Journalist and activist

"I am proud of my work with IFAW to safeguard whale habitat, end commercial whaling and protect whales for my children and my children’s children."
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Pierce Brosnan

Actor, film producer and environmentalist

"We have been working with IFAW for many years now, and I am proud to stand with IFAW and its efforts to protect whales and their habitat worldwide."
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Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor, philanthropist, and environmental advocate

"Elephants, tigers and other wildlife are in crisis due to poaching, habitat loss and human activities. That’s why public education is so important. Join me and IFAW in taking action for animals."
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Christopher Matthews

Television host, political commentator, columnist, and author

“We can do a lot better for animals than we have been doing. It doesn’t always have to be us or them. I support IFAW because they have practical programs that help animals and help people too.”
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Manilal Premchand Chandaria, O.B.E.

Kenyan business and civic leader

"IFAW is keenly aware that in order to address issues of animal welfare, you often have to address community development in the villages that live among them. The mission of making the world a better place for people and animals is what sets IFAW apart."
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Harold Prince

Theatrical producer and director

“IFAW is comprised of extraordinary people who have accomplished a great deal on behalf of animal and wildlife populations around the globe. I have always been incredibly fond of their work and am honored to now be a part of this wonderful organization.” (Read bio)

Ben Stein

Actor, commentator and author

"For years, IFAW has worked tirelessly around the world to help animals. Whether it’s rescuing animals from disasters or giving pets in underprivileged communities the veterinary care they need, IFAW is there."
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Amber Valletta

Model, actress and activist

"I am so proud to be a part of this fantastic organization. From saving the magnificent whales to the iconic polar bears, IFAW has done wonders to protect wildlife populations. I am excited to join the cause and help spread the word about IFAW’s campaigns."
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Goran Visnjic

Actor and environmentalist

"I first decided to team up with IFAW because of its impressive history of protecting animals and their habitats all over the globe. IFAW’s pragmatic approach of advancing solutions that benefit both animals and people is consistent with my own values and beliefs."
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