Matt Ball
Born1968 (age 55–56)
EducationUniversity of Illinois (MS); Carnegie Mellon University (MS)
Known forCo-founder and President of One Step for Animals
Notable workThe Animal Activist's Handbook (2009)

Matthew Michael Ball (born 1968)[1] is an American animal activist. He is co-founder and President of One Step for Animals.[2]

Previously, he was Director of Engagement and Outreach at Farm Sanctuary,[3] and before that, Senior Advisor for VegFund.[4] In 1993, Ball co-founded Vegan Outreach.[5] Ball served as the group's Executive Director for 21 years. Ball is credited with helping shift the animal rights' movement to a more utilitarian focus,[6] particularly with a focus on chickens.[7] He is the co-author of The Animal Activist's Handbook (2009),[8] author of The Accidental Activist (2014),[9] and author of Losing My Religions (2022).[10] He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.[11]


Ball was born in Toledo, Ohio.[1] His parents are Cornelius Francis Ball and Judith Anderson Ball, both of Toledo.[12] Before founding Vegan Outreach, Matt Ball obtained an M.S. in Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, during which time he was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow.[13] He also held a research fellowship in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.[5]

Ball married Dr. Anne Green, a fellow advocate and co-founder of Vegan Outreach, on February 20, 1993 in Urbana, Illinois.[14][15] Their child Elwen Katya Green was born on July 16, 1994, in Pennsylvania and was raised as a vegan.[16][17] They live in Tucson, Arizona.[citation needed]

Ball says: "[W]e must focus on getting people to consider their first step toward compassion, rather than arguing for our current philosophy or diet. Most non-vegetarians tune out when told to go vegan but may consider starting to make changes like adopting Meatless Mondays or eating fewer chickens."[18]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Ball Family - Matthew Michael Ball". Family Record. Archived from the original on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-06. Martin Ball › Virgil George Ball › Cornelius Francis Ball › Matthew Michael Ball
  2. ^ "One Step's Team". One Step for Animals.
  3. ^ "Every Day is Animal Advocacy Day for Matt Ball - Farm Sanctuary – Compassionate Communities".
  4. ^ "Official Announcement". A Meaningful Life, A Better World. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2015-01-21. We are very excited to announce that Matt Ball is joining the VegFund team!
  5. ^ a b "Matt Ball". New York City: Lantern Books. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  6. ^ Purdy, Chase (13 November 2016). "How the vegan movement broke out of its echo chamber and finally started disrupting things".
  7. ^ Engber, Daniel (18 August 2016). "Save the Chicken". Slate.
  8. ^ Ball, Matt; Friedrich, Bruce (2009-04-06). "Biographies". The Animal Activist's Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World. Lantern Books. ISBN 978-1590561201.
  9. ^ "The Accidental Activist". The Accidental Activist.
  10. ^ "Losing My Religions". Losing My Religions.
  11. ^ "U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame". Animal Rights National Conference. Farm Animal Rights Movement. Archived from the original on 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  12. ^ "Ball Family - Cornelius Francis Ball". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  13. ^ "Matt Ball, The Accidental Activist". 5 August 2014.
  14. ^ French, Frank (2002-04-08). "On Being Vegan" (Enewsletter). Vegan Outreach. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19. Anne and Matt were married in February, 1993, and when Anne became pregnant in the fall of that year, they agreed their child would be raised as a vegan.
  15. ^ Singer, Peter, ed. (2005-08-26). "Notes on contributors". In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405119412.
  16. ^ "Ball Family - Ellen Katya Green". Family Record. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  17. ^ "Vegan Children". April 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-19. [Since Ellen's] birth, along with her parents Matt Ball and Anne Green, she has lived as a vegan.
  18. ^ Ball, Matt (2013-03-25). "Chapter 1". In Davidow, Ben (ed.). Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy (Kindle ed.). San Francisco: Ben Davidow. ASIN B00C0NF36G.[self-published source?]