|Born||January 2, 1968|
Toledo, Ohio, US
|Education||University of Illinois (MS); Carnegie Mellon University (MS)|
|Known for||Co-founder and past Executive Director of Vegan Outreach|
|The Animal Activist's Handbook (with Bruce Friedrich) (2009)|
Matthew Michael Ball (born January 2, 1968) is an American animal rights activist. He is co-founder and President of One Step for Animals. Previously, he was Director of Engagement and Outreach at Farm Sanctuary, and before that, Senior Advisor for VegFund. In 1993, Ball co-founded Vegan Outreach. 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, including a focus on chickens. He is the co-author, with Bruce Friedrich, of The Animal Activist's Handbook (2009), and The Accidental Activist (2014). He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ball was born in Toledo, Ohio. His parents are Cornelius Francis Ball and Judith Anderson Ball, both of Toledo. Cornelius Ball is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. 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. He also held a research fellowship in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ball married Anne Green, a fellow vegan and coworker at Vegan Outreach, on February 20, 1993 in Urbana, Illinois. Their daughter Ellen Katya Green was born on July 16, 1994, in Pennsylvania and was raised as a vegan. They live in Tucson, Arizona.
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."
Martin Ball › Virgil George Ball › Cornelius Francis Ball › Matthew Michael Ball
We are very excited to announce that Matt Ball is joining the VegFund team!
THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS ... The Degree of Bachelor of Arts on: ... Cornelius Francis Ball, Rye, New York
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.
[Since Ellen's] birth, along with her parents Matt Ball and Anne Green, she has lived as a vegan.