Director of Operations
Jake Morton serves as director of operations for Mercy For Animals and oversees day-to-day operations, administration, human resources, finances and governmental compliance. Additionally, Jake works with MFA’s education and communications departments to create concepts for campaigns, videos, media outreach, merchandise and advertising.
An Ohio native, Jake studied mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University and design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. For nine years, Jake flourished in a corporate retailing career, focusing on management and operations for a major home decor and furnishings chain. His pioneering spirit took him all across the country, overseeing major development and human resource aspects of new store openings. At the same time, Jake gained extensive experience in community improvement and neighborhood business revitalization, working with local groups in numerous cities.
Through his work in the corporate arena, Jake has developed a keen understanding of how to cultivate positive and creative workplace cultures while giving staff the tools needed to thrive and grow in their positions. Jake’s retailing expertise has also made him the focus of countless articles on topics ranging from workplace culture to the state of design in home goods.
Activism has been a strong passion of Jake’s since an early age. For his youth efforts in the GLBT community, he was awarded the GLBT Mark McIntosh Scholarship to The Ohio State University. A longtime Mercy For Animals supporter and volunteer, Jake first became involved in animal protection issues as a teenager after meeting MFA’s founder, Nathan Runkle, during a vegan outreach event in Columbus, Ohio. At the time, Nathan was screening graphic undercover footage of animal cruelty on factory farms. With skepticism, Jake inquired more about the issue and organization. After some lively discussion, he began to consider the treatment of animals in agribusiness and later decided to adopt a vegan diet. As the saying goes, “the rest is history.”