As Deputy Director of ESA and co-director of CreatureKind Sarah Withrow King does a little bit of everything.
A lifelong Christian, Sarah graduated from the University of Oregon in 2002 with a degree in Political Science and went straight to work at People for the the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Virginia. During her time at PETA, Sarah held positions of increasing responsibility. Among other accomplishments, she developed curriculum and blueprint for planning and executing regional activist conferences and the empathy training PETA provided for Michael Vick when he was arrested for dogfighting; she managed campaign coordinators working on grassroots education and targeted corporate campaigns and provided basic media training; assisted in the development and launch of multiple grassroots campaigns, including the controversial “Animal Liberation Project;” served on steering committee of first “Taking Action for Animals” national conference; stepped into sudden management vacancies in four departments, rebuilt staff morale, established strong internal procedures, and hired and trained permanent managerial staff; and developed and staffed the highly successful “Special Projects Division.” In addition to her work with PETA, Sarah worked at and volunteered for an after-school children’s program for an underserved community in Norfolk, served in multiple capacities at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, and learned how to manage her time wisely.
Wanting to combine her strong faith with her passion for advocacy on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized, Sarah enrolled in Palmer Seminary and obtained a Masters of Theological Studies with a concentration in Christian Faith and Public Policy. She is the author of Animals Are Not Ours (No Really, They’re Not): An Evangelical Animal Liberation Theology and Vegangelical: How Caring for Animals Can Shape Our Faith. Sarah is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics.