June 28 - July 1 ♦ Los Angeles, CA
Sheraton Gateway Hotel

AR2018 SPEAKER PROFILES (Updates in progress)

Linda Alvarez Linda Alvarez received her Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University. Her scholarly interests revolve around exploring the ways in which underrepresented and marginalized groups interact, challenge and resist dominant structures of power. As a political scientist she works within the frameworks of comparative political behavior, political psychology, transnational migration, social movements, race and ethnic politics, food politics and the study violence and trauma among underrepresented and marginalized populations. She is the co-founder of Vegan Advocacy Initiative and the People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice conference.
Joanna Anderson Jo Anderson is an animal advocate and social psychologist with over a decade of experience in government and academia. As Faunalytics’ research director, she works to answer questions of importance to the advocacy community. Her program of research at Faunalytics combines independent studies and work with partner advocates, and all of it is designed to support advocates in their work for animals. Jo has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Waterloo and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University.
Irina Anta Irina Anta serves as Legal Counsel for Compassion Over Killing. She works to
protect farm animals through litigation, public policy, and undercover
investigations. Before joining COK in 2016, Irina worked in the private
sector and interned for COK in law school. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law
School. Most recently, she helped secure the first-ever convictions for
abuse to broiler breeder birds, including the first-ever conviction based on
a standard farming practice, based on a COK investigation of a Tyson Foods
supplier.
Mariana Arellano Mariana Arellano (born in Mexico City) studied Literature and Linguistics and is a translator. She will join the Animal Studies M.A. Program in New York University in the fall and plans to focus her efforts to improve the legal and moral status of animals in Mexico as well as examining the representation of animals in Mexican literature. She is a member of Faunacción, the first group in her country to provide training and education from an antispeciesist and intersectional framework.
Allison Argo Allison Argo is a six-time Emmy-winning filmmaker and advocate for non-human beings. For 30 years her films  have spoken out for the voiceless. Broadcast by PBS and National Geographic, her films have won over 80 awards internationally and have reached audiences worldwide, inspiring change. She is known for her emotionally-charged and deeply personal stories— particularly her intimate portraits of endangered and abused animals. Her goal in making THE LAST PIG is to inspire compassion for all living beings and repair the disconnect between humans and what we consume. Learn more at www.ArgoFilms.com.
James Aspey James Aspey is an animal rights activist from Sydney, Australia. Well known for taking a year long vow of silence to highlight the plight of animals, he has also beaten cancer as well as the drug abuse that followed, cycled 5000km's across Australia and been tattooed for 25 hours to raise money for charity. His motivational story has reached tens of millions of people online and he travels around the world telling it for free at schools, universities and events, inspiring countless people to become vegan and get active in spreading the vegan message.
Rachel Atcheson Rachel Atcheson worked in animal protection for five years, most recently in a political capacity. She is now Deputy Strategist for Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, where she is working on plant-based nutrition initiatives. Rachel started as an intern with The Humane League as their Boston Coordinator, moved on to become the Philadelphia Grassroots Director, and eventually founded THL’s Campus Outreach program—training the next generation of effective animal advocates. She then moved on to work in the New York City Mayor’s Office as the Animal Welfare Liaison, the only position of its kind in the country. At the Mayor’s Office Rachel worked on numerous initiatives, including the banning of wild animals in the circus and a Meatless Monday pilot for Brooklyn public schools. In Rachel’s current position she is working on nutrition initiatives, healthy eating resources for individuals, and municipal support for urban agriculture.
Jessika Ava Jessika Ava is the FARM International Programs Director where she is responsible for expanding FARM’s efforts into Asia by building local group capacity and introducing modern vegan advocacy campaigns. Jessika’s niche lies in coordinating global projects, statistically analyzing project efficacy, and guiding philanthropic support. Her notable experience includes NGO management, grantmaking, biostatistics, Asian street animal welfare, and Indian elephant conservation. She also offers consulting to nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and philanthropic endeavors. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MS in Biostatistics. She also sits as Board Chair of Help Animals India and Out to Pasture Sanctuary.
Kari18 Kari Bagnall is Founder and Executive Director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, a non-profit organization offering permanent sanctuary care to over 300 New World monkeys. Most were retired from laboratory research, others were privately owned from the pet trade, the entertainment industry and confiscated by the authorities. Kari was volunteering as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Las Vegas when a baby monkey named Samantha changed the course of her life and inspired Jungle Friends. Kari was introduced to a vegetarian lifestyle over 40 years ago when she moved into a yoga ashram in Phoenix. Today, vegetarian communal living is a part of the Jungle Friends experience for staff, interns and volunteers. As part of the sanctuary culture, people are encouraged to adopt a vegan lifestyle, to have compassion for all of the Earth's remarkable inhabitants, and to join us in hope that these individual acts of kindness across species will one day reach the 'critical mass' needed to transform the world.
GBaur17 Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. Gene’s latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, was published by Rodale in April 2015. He has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
Dotsie Bausch Dotsie Bausch made history on the Olympic stage as a silver medal-winning cyclist. Furthering the message of her powerful and persuasive TedEx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” that led to her selection as one of “The 20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History” by ChooseVeg, Bausch launched her non-profit animal protection organization, Compassion Champs, in March of 2017. Her outfit’s latest initiative is the disruption of the dairy milk industry through an Olympic athlete-driven social campaign called Switch 4 Good. The inaugural Switch 4 Good commercial aired on NBC during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremonies and also on ABC during the Academy Award’s broadcast. View the commercial at www.Switch4Good.org.
Terran Baylor Terran Baylor is a self-taught computer programmer and software developer that found a new direction in life. He is a technology enthusiast who's love for animals and passion for film is allowing him to explore other talents. For years he has been documenting, exposing and baring witness. When it became apparent that his images and stories could actually help the animals and connect people to their stories, it became more of a focus. Being able to share stories and bring them to light in photographs and film has given him a new purpose for life. In 2015 Kery Shaw and Terran decided to join forces allowing The Stolen Lives Project the ability to do more for the animals. 
Margi Beach Marji Beach is Animal Place sanctuary’s education director and has been with the organization since 2004. She earned her BS in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. In 2010, she started Animal Place’s flagship rescue and adoption program that has saved the lives of more than 26,000 hens from egg farms. She oversees the education, social media, and onsite educational programs at the sanctuary. She loves the cows and chickens! Marji is mom to adopted human Izzy, canine Tobi, and a rotating cast of foster dogs.  
Anthony Bellotti Anthony Bellotti is Founder and President of White Coat Waste Project (WCW), which has de-funded the Dept. of Veterans Affairs dog labs, ended the FDA’s baby monkey nicotine tests, passed the first-ever law to cut state tax funding of maximum pain labs, and the first federal audits of animal testing spending in American history. WCW first exposed the USDA database scandal and launched the “Kitten Slaughterhouse” defund campaign. Prior to founding WCW, Bellotti consulted for national political candidates, ballot initiatives, public affairs campaigns. He quarterbacked Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s 2010 digital campaign, helping her to become the first statewide candidate to win by write-in ballot since 1954. He managed opposition research for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election. He served as Executive Director of the American Association of Political Consultants. A musician with 30+ years experience, Bellotti studies jazz/rock drumming. 
Aashish Bhimani Aashish Bhimani is a leader in the transformational/leadership movement and uses those skills to fulfill his commitment to increasing the scope of the animal protection movement by bringing new people into it. He has created a partnership with a parent group that's bringing a plant-based menu to over 400,000 students. Additionally, he creates "win, win" partnerships between restaurants and organizations (for example Humane League and COK) that allow the restaurants to access the growing demand of plant based meals and give a certain percentage of the sales to the organization. His passion is bringing fun and effectiveness to the movement by training activists to create big partnerships.
Jaya Bhumitra Jaya Bhumitra is the International Director of Corporate Outreach for Animal Equality and serves on the board of Food Empowerment Project and on the advisory council of Encompass. She has 15 years of campaigns, public affairs and public relations experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Jaya earned bachelor’s degrees in international business and marketing from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She is also the editor of The Enlightenment Adventures, a series of animal-protection-themed novels by Christopher Locke.
Rachel Black Rachel Black is The Humane League's Senior National Volunteer Coordinator for the US. Rachel started volunteering with The Humane League while in college at Temple University, then after graduating she traveled the country as a Vegan Outreach Coordinator for one year. Rachel then started professionally with The Humane League as the Philadelphia Grassroots Director and stayed in that position for two years before moving into her role as National Volunteer Coordinator, where she built this program at THL from the ground up. Rachel believes that a strong network of grassroots activists is key to making monumental change for farmed animals.
Laurelee Blanchard Laurelee Blanchard is the Founder and President of Leilani Farm Sanctuary and author of “Finding Paradise.” She left a lucrative career as Senior Vice President at the national firm of Lee and Associates Commercial Real Estate Services to devote her life to animal protection and humane education. Leilani Farm Sanctuary is now home to nearly three hundred rescued animals. The Sanctuary provides educational programs for school groups and special-needs visitors; it also offers tours and humane education to the general public.
Darina Bockman Darina Bockman brings vegan activism into a previously "unheard of" area: the Fortune 500 corporate world. Having worked in Fortune 500 finance and leadership for 15 years, she founded Vegan Leaders in Corporate Management (VLCM) to mobilize vegan influencers across major companies around the world. LinkedIn-based VLCM now has 2,500 members working in banking, technology, pharma, oil, consumer products, defense and other top industries. The latest offer is the Corporate Initiatives support program to help members push vegan improvements with their employers. Ms. Bockman is the lead author of Vegan Leaders Playbook, a free downloadable guide on launching such corporate initiatives.
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Jon Bockman has held diverse leadership positions in animal advocacy over the past 13 years. He has spent time as a director at a shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center, a humane investigator, and the founder of a 501(c)(3) farmed animal advocacy group. Jon joined ACE as its first employee in March of 2013 and has since grown the organization to over 20 staff. Together the ACE team has influenced over $11 million in donations to strong animal charities while providing helpful resources and advice to animal advocates.

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Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 25 years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and serves as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns. Hope is also the Executive Director of Compassionate Living, a Bay Area vegan advocacy organization. She is the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Earth Day, and the Sonoma County VegFest.

BollaertN17 Nikki Bollaert is president of Blue Raven Strategic, LLC and has worked in the field of development and philanthropy for 25 years, building development programs at nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions and through her consulting practice. She has spent the past decade devoting her skills and experience to animal protection and advocacy organizations. Nikki holds a master of nonprofit management, and is a Certified Fundraising Professional and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.
Shemirah Brachah Shemirah Brachah began her work life as Rosemary Benedict, changing her name when she converted to Judaism two decades ago. Her career has been an adventure! From school secretary to Daily Gazette newspaper reporter, then after college, Director of Governmental Affairs with the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, followed by a decade of managing her own ad agency, Versatile Writing, Graphics & Printing, helping small businesses and local government with their communications needs and during which time she also volunteered with the Law, Order & Justice Center as an inmate counselor, the Historical Society and Civic Players, editing their newsletters and playbills, and recognized as Outstanding Student at Schenectady County Community College and top fundraiser for the American Lung Association. She was instrumental as a recruiter/trainer for a mental health foster family program and case manager for the Domestic Abuse Prevention Program before joining FARM’s family of activists, where she has been working for the past 12 years.
Johnny Braz Johnny Braz is a farm animal artist, documentary filmmaker, an athlete, and a yogi, as well as visionary and Creative Director for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. He began his filmmaking career in 1996 working as a camera operator with Clint Eastwood on “The Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years.” In early 2016, he completed “Truckin’; the Story of Eddie Traffic”, an uplifting glimpse into the unique bliss experienced by a pig named Eddie, who was rescued just hours from slaughter.  Other recent films include “Peace, Love & Animals,” a documentary film that has been called “a lyrical message of hope” that premiered to rave reviews in Scranton and at the International Animal Rights Conference 2013 in Luxembourg. Additionally, he has produced several short animal rescue films that have garnered a worldwide audience, and has also directed a number of episodes of “Yoga Journeys,” a children’s program on PBS TV station WVIA.
Mirko Buchwald Mirko Buchwald is a lifelong vegan - being raised in a Veg household, he's been vegan over 40 years. He's one of the highest ranking vegan black belts in the world holding a 6th degree black belt. He travels the world teaching martial arts and spreading the message of the vegan athlete. Involved in animal rights since a teenager in the early 1980's when he joined the anti-fox hunting direct action group the Hunt Saboteurs. In recent years he's been involved with Animal Place and their factory farm rescues as well as many other vegan and and animal rights groups. 
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Karen Budkie, is Co-Founder & Operations Manager of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against labs, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. Karen’s activism started in the 1970s by supporting leg hold trap legislation and eliminating live dissection of guinea pigs at her high school, and has been a vegan since 1986. For the past 20+ years, she has concentrated her many talents on SAEN’s campaigns and daily operation.

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Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the Univ. of Cincinnati, which launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations and co-founding SAEN. He has been published & travels extensively, appearing on TV & radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.

Genesis Butler Genesis Butler, currently 11 years old, became an ethical vegan and animal rights activist at the age of 6 after finding out mother cows have their milk stolen for humans. Since then, Genesis has attended over a hundred demos and marches to protest against animal testing, entertainment venues that exploit animals, rodeos, and slaughterhouses. Genesis also speaks at various vegan and non-vegan events, sharing her message of compassion for all animals. In 2017, Genesis became the youngest TEDx speaker when she presented a talk on healing the planet by going vegan.
Ashley Capps Ashley Capps received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems is Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields. The recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she works as a writer, editor and researcher specializing in farmed animal welfare and vegan advocacy, and is a core staff writer for the food justice non-profit A Well-Fed World, and the farmed animal advocacy non-profit Free from Harm. Ashley is also the founder and director of Mothers Against Dairy and Milk Hurts.
Rachel Carbary Rachel Carbary founded Empty the Tanks in 2013 after she returned from her first trip to Taiji, Japan. Since then Rachel has returned to Taiji two more times and created the largest worldwide event in history for cetaceans. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington where she majored in Environmental Science with an emphasis on wildlife studies. She has wanted to help create positive change for our planet and animals since she was a child and her letter writing campaigns began at the age of 7. Rachel has worked for both wildlife and domestic animal non profits over the years. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband and 5 furkids.
Jill Carnegie Jill Carnegie is a lifelong vegetarian (about 11 years vegan) and proud to now identify as a "Professional Vegan." As Campaigns Director for NYCLASS, Campaign Strategist for the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, co-founder of NUMU Vegan Cheese, and co-founder of VoNY - Vegans of New York, Jill is privileged to fight for animals at work and as a volunteer. The diversified activist, leveraging their strengths in protest, education, political efforts, rescue, bearing witness, community organizing, broadcasting, and entrepreneurship is what will create a society that is safe for all animals; Jill strives daily to hone her own skills and empower others in their activism as much as possible. Learn more at JillCarnegie.com.
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Michelle Carrera is the founder of Chilis on Wheels, a mobile vegan soup kitchen which provides vegan food to those in need of a warm meal, as well as advocates for veganism within communities of low income. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Michelle is an Unschooling mother, and translator with a passion for community building and justice. She is currently on TheVTeamTour, living in a van, building communities around free vegan food across the country. 

Juliana Castaneda Turner Juliana Castaneda Turner decided to become a vegetarian when she was just 6-years old after learning where burgers came from. At age 11, Juliana began saving money to build a safe haven for all animals. At age 25 she went vegan bought the land and founded Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary, the first one in all of South America and so far the only one in Colombia. She is the current president of UVLA - the Vegetarian Union of Latin America and the regional coordinator for Food for Life Global, the world’s largest vegan food relief.
CohanJ17 Jeffrey Cohan is the Executive Director of Jewish Veg. Jeffrey became a vegetarian in 2007 and a vegan in 2011 after studying what the Torah instructs us about our dietary choices. An experienced public speaker, he worked in print and broadcast journalism for 18 years before moving to the nonprofit sector. Jeffrey took the helm of Jewish Veg, then known as Jewish Vegetarians of North America, in 2012. Under his leadership, Jewish Veg, a 501c3 nonprofit, has emerged as one of the fastest growing vegan-advocacy organizations in the nation.
David Coman-Hidy David Coman-Hidy is the President of The Humane League. Under his leadership, The Humane League has grown into an international presence with offices spanning from New York City to Tokyo — winning campaigns against some of the largest food corporations in the world and reaching millions of young people each year with a message of compassion for farmed animals. The Humane League is ranked as "Best In America" by the Independent Charities of America, and has been named "Top Charity" by the charity navigator Animal Charity Evaluators for every one of their rating periods.
Alycia Corpiel Alycia Corpiel is the Founder and President of Space Coast Animal Rights and the global #NotJust4Easter Campaign, an initiative that aims to end the sale of animals given at Easter. 
Camila Cossio Camila Cossío is a staff attorney with the Oregon Law Center. She focuses on legal issues impacting low-income communities. Camila also serves as Of Counsel with the Richman Law Group where she assists with the farm animal welfare docket. Camila received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and her LL.M in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. Camila currently serves as a Council Member for the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section.
Karen Davis Karen Davis is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation, she is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry IndustryMore Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and RealityThe Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities and other groundbreaking works.
Fleur Dawes Fleur Dawes is an experienced communications expert who has been a spokesperson for animal rights for almost a decade. She has worked with top international animal rights organizations and currently leads In Defense of Animals’ communications department. Fleur often appears on TV, radio, and at events to speak on behalf of animals. She came to the U.S. in 2017 to maximize her impact for animals, feeling strongly that it is the most influential place to progress animal rights in the English-speaking world. Animal liberation is Fleur’s ultimate goal. 
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Mark Devries is the producer and director of Speciesism: The Movie, which has become widely used by animal advocates as an introduction to animal rights. He also directed the world's first drone-based investigation of factory farming, which has been viewed by millions worldwide and received major press coverage.

Leah Edgerton Leah Edgerton joined ProVeg International in 2017 and works on strategy and internationalization. Previously, she worked as Digital Media Manager for Animal Charity Evaluators, where she specialized in communicating effective altruism concepts to general audiences. She has been involved in effective altruism for six years and animal advocacy her whole life.
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Stacey Ellison is a Research Analyst for Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against labs, and coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. In addition to traveling for SAEN and appearing regularly in the news media to expose criminal labs, Stacey is a mother to three special needs animals and a vegan for 10+ years.

Barbara English Barbara English is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Living Ubuntu and producer of the documentary film, So Give Me An F. She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in early development and trauma recovery, and is a Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises Certification Trainer (TRE®). Barbara credits a 2006 Peter Singer talk as impetus for her conversion from vegetarian to vegan. She is passionate about intersectionality and her activism has included animal rights, human rights, and environmental issues. She is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow.
Victor Flores Victor Flores is the Greater New Mexico Community Events Coordinator for Vegan Outreach. He is also the co-founder of Otero Veg in New Mexico, partner to activist Karla Reyes and father of 4 beautiful activist children who run Flowers for Animals. Victor has organized a variety of events such as community meals, cooking demos, food samplings, tabled various non-vegan festivals and produced compassionate cook off events including Mac Down Santa Fe and the ABQ Vegan Taco Takeover. With a goal of reaching as many people as possible outside of the vegan community, he has worked with various non vegan organizations and participated in their events to further the exposure of veganism. 
BF17 Bruce Friedrich is executive director of The Good Food Institute (GFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes innovative alternatives to industrially produced animal products. He has penned opinion pieces for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Bruce is a popular speaker on college campuses and has presented repeatedly at most of the nation's top universities.  He co-authored two books, contributed chapters to six books, and authored seven law review articles. Bruce graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown Law and Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. 
Barbara Gates Barbara Cole Gates started her vegan advocacy almost two decades ago on the local school PTA, and eventually led to her spearheading the first ever state legislation calling for vegan school lunches, the 2003 CA Healthy School Lunch Resolution. Barbara founded Lean and Green Kids in 2010, and its vegan-friendly nutrition education programs have since empowered thousands of students to choose plant-based meals with “beans, the lean and green protein.” Barbara looks forward to sharing strategies and resources to effectively advocate for more vegan-friendly nutrition education in the classroom - and the cafeteria.
Matthew Glover Matthew Glover is the Co-Founder of Veganuary, a UK-based charity launched in 2013 encouraging people throughout the world to try vegan for the month of January. So far over 250,000 people have taken the Veganuary pledge, and the numbers are doubling each year. In January 2019 the target is 330,000! He has an entrepreneurial background building businesses in the manufacturing and events sectors. Matthew is interested in developing strategies to spare the most animals by utilising the skills he has learnt in the corporate world.
Tyson-Lord Gray Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray holds a B.A. from Trinity International University, a M.Div. from Morehouse School of Religion, a S.T.M. from Boston University, a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. from Pace Law School. His research interests are in the areas of Environmental Ethics/Law, Animal Rights, American Philosophy, Social Justice, and Religion. He is currently a Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies at NYU, the Executive Director of Green Community Vision Inc., a non-profit organization aimed at increasing ecological consciousness and environmental activism in minority communities, and Of Counsel at Richman Law Group.
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Robert Grillo is an activist, author and speaker for all species rights. He is also the founder and director of Free from Harm, a non-profit dedicated to helping end animal exploitation. As a communications professional for over 20 years, Grillo once worked on large food industry accounts where he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing. His recent book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture explores the powerful narratives driving our culture of mass animal consumption.

GuimaraesG17 George Guimaraes is a vegan dietitian and animal rights activist in Brazil. As a dietitian, his practice is dedicated to the research of vegetarian diets and counseling of vegan/vegetarian patients through NUTRIVEG Consulting on Vegetarian Nutrition. He is also a regular lecturer at universities and events for the general public and contributes regularly as a writer. Guimaraes is also a dedicated activist, founder and president of VEDDAS (Ethical Vegetarianism, Animal Rights Defense and Society), the most active animal rights organization in Brazil.
Andrea Gunn

Andrea Gunn is the Executive Vice President for The Humane League (THL), leading strategic initiatives to strengthen programs, sustain growth, and maximize impact for animals. Andrea helped facilitate the Humane League’s expansion from 7 to 70+ staff in 4 years. She oversees strategic planning and employee training, and develops internal systems to support continued expansion while maintaining a strong culture. Andrea serves as THL’s management and training expert and has coached organizations on effective management techniques both nationally and abroad.

Susan Hargreaves Susan Hargreaves is the author of the first book full of stories of kids & teens rescuing all species and the founder behind the kindness education charity Animal Hero Kids. She empowers, recognizes and activates youth to be effective for other animals. Susan is an award-winning educator, radio host, ex-undercover investigator and activist and has been defending other animals for nearly four decades. She will conduct an interactive program on how to use her new guidebook Animal Hero Kids: Voices for the Voiceless, which includes tips from famous animal advocates; Joaquin Phoenix, Sir Paul McCartney, Jane Goodall and Jessica Chastain.  Hargreaves headed up ARKII -the Canadian Animal Rights Network, Earth Save Miami, created Animal Voices, a Toronto radio series; is a Distinguished Educator, Eco-Hero Humane & Environmental Education, Shining World Compassionate Leadership  award winner; former Wildlife Care Center Education Director. 
Breeze Harper Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a strategic consultant and founder at Critical Diversity Solutions (CDS). CDS is a unique boutique consulting company that uses critical race feminism to tackle diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges within the ethical consumption sphere (i.e. Animal rights and veganism) . She is also known for her book Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society and the website The Sistah Vegan Project at www.sistahvegan.com.
Laura Henderson Laura Henderson brings 25 years of experience in the private sector and to the cause of ending animal cruelty as Executive Director of Pasado’s Safe Haven. At Pasado’s Safe Haven, Laura established a vegan policy, conducted a complete brand overhaul and reframed program work to have the greatest impact toward its mission of ending animal cruelty. Laura holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington  and lives outside Seattle with her dog Zandia, a street dog she rescued while living in El Salvador.
Amanda Houdeschell Amanda Houdeschell is 20 years old and studies nonprofit administration and philosophy at Cleveland State University, where she also works as a campus rep for peta2. Amanda is the co-founder of Species Revolution, an organization focused on educating the public about speciesism. Species Revolution provides resources to challenge one’s role in upholding human supremacy, and emphasizes the importance of community and activism through the Cleveland Animal Rights Conference. Amanda and her partner, Abhijit, run a microsanctuary that is home to over 30 fishes, snails, and mice.
patrice jones pattrice jones is a cofounder of VINE Sanctuary, an LGBTQ-led refuge caring for more than 600 farmed animals while working for social and environmental justice as well as animal liberation. Working within an ecofeminist analysis of speciesism, VINE was the first to develop a method of rehabilitating roosters used in cockfighting. An activist since the 1970s, pattrice has taught college courses on effective activism. The author of The Oxen at the Intersection: A Collision and Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World pattrice also has contributed to numerous anthologies.
Melanie Joy Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, international speaker, organizational consultant, trainer, and relationship coach. She is the author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, as well as Strategic Action for Animals and the award-winning book Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters. Dr. Joy specializes in effective communication, organizational leadership, the psychology of social change, interpersonal relationships, and preventing and treating burnout. She has trained vegan advocates and given her acclaimed carnism presentation on six continents and her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world. Her recent TEDx talk on carnism is in the top 1% of the most-viewed TEDx talks of all time. Dr. Joy is also the founding president of the charitable organization, Beyond Carnism, a co-founder of ProVeg International, and the co-director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA).
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Sebastian Joy, M.A., teaches NGO-management at the Berlin School and Economics and Law and is founder and director of ProVeg International - a pro-vegan food awareness organisation with the mission to reduce global animal consumption by 50% by the year 2040. Animal Charity Evaluator rates ProVeg International as one of the most effective charities in Europe. Sebastian initiated "VeggieWorld", the world’s largest vegan fair with over 100.000 visitors each year, as well as Europe’s largest conference on plant-based nutrition ‘VegMed’. He invented the first B12-toothpaste and established an influential vegan catering training program as well as a vegan start-up program. Through political lobbying, Sebastian has promoted the EU-wide legal definition of the terms "vegetarian" and "vegan". He has received several international creativity, PR and marketing awards for his campaigns promoting veganism.

Brian Kateman

Brian Kateman is president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. Brian is the editor of The Reducetarian Cookbook and The Reducetarian Solution. His writings have appeared in many media outlets including The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Daily News. He is an instructor in the Executive Education Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. He lives in NYC with his fiancé Isabel and rescue dog Tobey.

Mark Kleiman Mark Kleiman is a former SDS leader and labor organizer who moved his fighting to the courtrooms.  He specializes in representing whistleblowers in addition to his pro bono political work.  He has won multi-million dollar verdicts in cases he took to trial and has authored friend-of-the-court briefs to the Supreme Court for civil rights and public interest groups. Mark is on the board of Voice For the Animals where he helps coordinate a lawsuit and a political campaign against the LA Zoo over its brutal and dangerous mishandling of elephants.  
Aph Ko Aph Ko is a decolonial theorist and author. She is the founder of Black Vegans Rock, and the co-author of Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters (Lantern Books, 2017). She is on the advisory board for the Food Empowerment Project, and a consultant for the documentary film The Invisible Vegan. Aph contributed an essay about animal oppression to the first African American Vegan Starter Guide. Her work has been featured in the New York TimesHuffington PostVegNews magazine, and Black Youth Project. She is currently working on her second book about animality and race.
Rachel Krantz Rachel Krantz is the Senior Writer at Mercy For Animals. She is the namer of Bustle, and one of its three founding editors. She’s the recipient of the Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights International Radio Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Radio Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for her work as an investigative reporter. You can follow her work on Twitter & Instagram @rachelkrantz.
Kroplick Marilyn 2018 Marilyn Kroplick, M.D. is president of In Defense of Animals, a board-certified psychiatrist, and award-winning socio-political photographer. Her passion for animal rights was ignited in 2002 after purchasing a puppy from a pet store who became terribly sick. Dr. Kroplick’s fight for justice led her to discover the system of abuse that brings puppies to pet stores, and successfully expose and shut down that store. Since 2011, Dr. Kroplick has led In Defense of Animals’ powerful campaigns to end the dog meat trade, advocate for elephants, strengthen animal cruelty laws, and save animals in need around the world. 
LaBronxH17 Honey LaBronx hosts the YouTube cooking series, The Vegan Drag Queen, and the Big Fat Vegan Radio podcast.  She is committed to bringing discussions about animal rights and social justice to new audiences. In 2011, she was one of 8 activists arrested for blocking New York City traffic demonstrating for marriage equality alongside her drag mother, Bob The Drag Queen. She has performed around the world raising funds for local animal organizations and activist groups.  Out of drag Honey -- Ben Strothmann -- is an actor, singer, playwright, and theatrical photographer, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Indra Lahiri, PhD was called “a storyteller, dreamer, and friend of the animals,” by the Anishinaabe Medicine Man who adopted her into the tribe of the White Earth Nation, naming her “Ishkudeikwe” (Woman of the Fire). She has rescued thousands of animals from dire circumstances around the world.  She tells their stories in her writing and speaking, and lives amongst them between her travels.  In the course of her decades of learning from the animals, Indra founded Indraloka Animal Sanctuary (2005) and since 2014 has volunteered her time as a consultant, helping other sanctuaries to succeed.  In addition, she has taught, mentored, coached and keynote addressed tens of thousands of people on a range of topics that are always, at their core, based on ethical leadership and compassion for all. Indra has spoken at the Animal Rights National Conference and International Animal Rights Conference annually for the past several years, in addition to keynote addressing audiences as varied as Asian scientists, bloggers, vegfests, and peace activists. Her award-winning blog, which chronicles sacred moments with rescued animals, is followed by tens of thousands of readers on every continent.  Indra is grateful have the opportunity to dedicate her life to helping traumatized animals rediscover joy, love, and trust.

RLamont17 Robin Lamont is the author of The Kinship Series. She has drawn on her varied careers as a Broadway actress, private investigator, and New York criminal prosecutor. As an animal advocate, she has turned her passion for animals into a ground-breaking series of suspense novels featuring an animal rights investigator. The Chain was named a Foreword Review finalist for Book of the Year and is now being developed as a feature film beginning production in early 2019. The third book in the series The Experiment will be published in August.
Cheryl Leahy Cheryl Leahy has, since 2006, served as COK’s General Counsel targeting large-scale abuse of farmed animals through proactive litigation and undercover investigations. Her work includes challenging cruel, yet standard, practices forced upon farmed animals as well as the misleading marketing of meat, milk, and eggs often found in grocery stores. She is also the Program Coordinator for the UCLA Animal Law and Policy Program. Cheryl received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies.
Carrie LeBlanc Carrie LeBlanc, MA, is the Executive Director of CompassionWorks International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a free and fair world for all beings through community education, legal advocacy, and investigations. CWI is primarily focused on advocating for animals the public already loves and relates with as an important initial step in ultimately ending speciesism. Prior to founding CWI in 2014, Carrie used her extensive experience in fundraising and nonprofit management to assist numerous animal rights organizations and served as the first-ever Director of Operations for Mercy For Animals. 
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Joshua Levine is a Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor with RBC Wealth Management. He focuses on integrating environmental, social, and governance metrics (socially responsible investing) in investment decisions.  Within that framework, he specializes in animal welfare investing through customized social screening and shareholder advocacy.  Joshua works with individual investors and nonprofits to provide highly customized financial and investment solutions.  Joshua’s team is structured to provide a consultative relationship with clients to preserve their wealth, develop detailed Investment and Social Policy statements, and construct properly diversified portfolios within the context of supporting animal welfare.  As an investment fiduciary, he empowers clients to make investment decisions that are in line with their personal ethics, without sacrificing return. 
Lisa Levinson Lisa Levinson directs In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual support for animal activists via a helpline, support groups, and online events. Lisa organizes Vegan Spirituality groups and retreats to explore veganism as a spiritual practice. She co-organizes the Interfaith Vegan Coalition to help places of worship go vegan. She co-founded Public Eye: Artists for Animals to teach compassion for animals through the arts and founded the Toad Detour to help migrating toads safely cross the road in Philadelphia.
Matthew Liebman Matthew Liebman is Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. He has litigated cases including ALDF v. Otter, the first lawsuit to successfully invalidate an Ag-Gag law; Bennett v. McDaniel, which rescued a captive bear from a small concrete cage where she had languished for 16 years; and ALDF v. Conyers, which resulted in the rescue of more than 100 dogs from a North Carolina hoarder. Matthew’s writing has appeared in the Animal Law Review, the Journal of Animal Law, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center. With Bruce Wagman, Matthew co-authored A Worldview of Animal Law, which examines how the legal systems of different countries govern our interactions with animals. 
Eric Lindstrom Eric C. Lindstrom is the Director of Marketing for Compassion Over Killing (COK) and the author of "The Skeptical Vegan" and "The Smart Parent's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids" (Skyhorse Publishing). For over 25 years, Lindstrom has developed award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for all types of businesses and non-profit organizations. As Director of Marketing for COK, in addition to managing the Online Views and Vegan Support programs Lindstrom develops outreach, advertising, and branding materials for the 23-year-old animal rights organization.
Christopher Locke Christopher Locke worked in the television industry for over a decade before pursuing his passion project, The Enlightenment Adventures—a YA book series that combines thrilling entertainment and education to inspire the next generation of animal advocates. The first book, Persimmon Takes On Humanity, debuted to rave reviews in 2015 and the highly anticipated second book, Vincent and The Dissidents, just published in April 2018. Christopher has been a vegan and avid animal activist for over a decade, and has spoken at renowned animal rights events around the country. His website is http://christopher-locke.com.
Sandra  Lopes Sandra Lopes is the food policy manager for Humane Society International Farm Animals in Brazil and works with institutions throughout Brazil, including school districts, hospitals, and food service companies to switch millions of meals in their cafeterias to 100% plant-based. Sandra is a member of the Committee for the Protection and Defense of Animals of the Lawyers Association in Brazil and has been involved on Meat Reduction Program in Brazil since 2010.
Kathleen Lowson Kathleen Lowson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lowson International Studios and the Director of the critically acclaimed Documentary Film Series, CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak. Her powerful films reveal the spiritual truth of an egocentric society responsible for the holocaust of nonhumans around the globe, propelled by human greed. Her precedent-setting approach to the subject of animal cruelty takes a spiritual perspective to this dark subject, so that an awakening can occur from a deeper level of the psyche and evolve humanity to make conscious and compassionate choices. She is a spiritual scholar and intuit, utilizing the principles of universal law as the foundation in her media work. Her advocacy for nonhuman beings has spanned 20+ years. 
Mia MacDonald Mia MacDonald is the Executive Director of Brighter Green, a New York-based public policy action tank that raises awareness and encourages dialogue on and policy attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development globally. She has worked as a policy analyst, writer, editor, and project manager. She has taught at New York University and Columbia University. She serves as treasurer of the Green Belt Movement International-U.S. and co-vice president of the Culture and Animals Foundation. Mia received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, a B.A. from Columbia University.
Damien Mander Damien Mander ("Vegan Sniper") was an Australian Naval Clearance Diver, Special Operations Sniper and Iraq War veteran. He project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy in northern Baghdad preparing Iraq’s paramilitary forces for combat. In 2009 he founded the ‘International Anti-Poaching Foundation’ (IAPF) - a multi-national not-for-profit conservation organization. Damien is the founder of ‘Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women’, an all female conservation model in Africa, and ‘Back-to-Black Roots’, a grass-roots rural vegan moment in African communities. His 2013 TEDx talk on speciesism has been seen more than 7 million times across various platforms. 
Clare Mann Clare Mann is an Australian-based vegan psychologist, communications trainer and animal rights campaigner. She consults with people all over the world to help address the personal and social challenges of being vegan and living in a non-vegan world and is the author of Vystopia: The Anguish of Being Vegan in a Non Vegan World. Clare runs public and in-house training programs in communication, team-building and ethical leadership for corporations, SMEs and animal rights organizations in Australia and is the co-founder of the Vegan Voices smartphone app, a free 30-day video communications training for vegans. More info is available at www.vystopia.com.
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Nora Constance Marino, Esq. is an attorney in New York City.  In 2015, Nora was the lead counsel for Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos v. City of New York, a lawsuit to stop an event wherein 60,000 chickens are slaughtered in illegal make shift slaughterhouses on city streets in the name of a religious ceremony.  The lower court dismissed the action, but Nora and her team appealed, and a decision is pending.  In 2014, Nora formed the Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund, a 501c3 whose mission is to expose animal cruelty through main stream media.  To date, ACEF has gotten four commercials on the air, including on CNN in New York, LA, Dallas, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

Emmanuel Marquez Emmanuel Márquez is a psychologist from Nuevo León, México. He has focused on educational activism for the past 9 years. Since 2015 he works as a full-time animal rights activist with Vegan Outreach. He’s traveled throughout the country as VO’s first-ever Mexico Outreach Coordinator, spearheading the efforts of the organization to reach over 600,000 students with booklets, talks, or virtual reality experience in the first three years of VO's Mexico program. As Mexico Outreach Manager, Emmanuel is now helping to further expand VO's work into other parts of Latin America and to train and manage new staff.
Jeff Matthews Jeff Matthews is a scientist, activist and writer from North Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2014, he founded vanquafacts.org to counter misinformation about whale and dolphin captivity at Vancouver Aquarium and organized the first concentrated social media campaign against the facility. He has written extensively on the subject as well as other wildlife issues in B.C. Jeff is a former volunteer, chapter coordinator and president of the short-lived Sea Shepherd Canada, and currently sits on the board of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.
Armaiti May Armaiti May, DVM is an integrative housecall veterinarian and vegan advocate practicing in Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.S. in Bioresource Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2001. After graduating from University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, Dr. May worked at an emergency dog and cat hospital and then trained in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. Dr. May provides housecalls for dogs and cats in Los Angeles. She also founded a non-profit organization called the Veterinary Association for the Protection of Animals, to educate the veterinary profession about the benefits of veganism.
rachelandsara 17 Rachel McCrystal came to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in 2014 as the organization’s first Development Director. She led the campaign to move the Sanctuary to its new location in 2015 and has mentored and managed all of the external relations for the organization. Prior to that, Rachel served in senior leadership positions at Best Friends Animal Society and the Pennsylvania SPCA. She was promoted to be the Executive Director of Woodstock Sanctuary in 2017. Rachel is a longtime vegan, animal rescuer, and social justice activist.
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Dr. Shirley McGreal is the founder of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL). She began her work on behalf of primate protection while residing in Thailand in 1973. She formed IPPL after witnessing the deplorable conditions under which primates were captured, sold and transported. IPPL specializes in fighting the highly organized and often illegal traffic in apes and monkeys and makes grants to overseas primate sanctuaries and rescue groups. IPPL operates a sanctuary which is home to 37 gibbons, many from research labs. Dr. McGreal has received a number of awards, including the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

Mick Mcintyre Mick McIntyre was given a super 8mm movie camera when he was 12 years old and has making films since then. He has spent 35 years working in the film industry, starting out as a driver, spent 10 years as an assistant director on feature films before finding his passion making documentaries. He combines his skills as a cinematographer with producing and directing. His films include the award winning film Yogawoman, What to do about Whales and Aussie Rules the World. 
Dan McKernan Dan McKernan is the Founder and Executive Director of Barn Sanctuary, a family-operated farm animal sanctuary in Chelsea, Michigan. Passionate about animal welfare, Dan quit his career as a web developer in technology to found Barn Sanctuary in 2016 with the mission of rescuing and rehabilitating farm animal refugees and spreading a message of compassion. Dan is an advocate for farm animals everywhere and strives to lead a new and diverse generation of people towards a plant-based lifestyle.
Tracye McQuirter Tracye McQuirter was named a national food hero by Vegetarian Times, Tracye is a 30-year vegan, public health nutritionist, speaker, and author of Ageless Vegan and By Any Greens Necessary. She has been teaching people how and why to live a healthy vegan lifestyle for the past 25 years. Tracye directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. And she recently created the free African American Vegan Starter Guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary and previously co-created one of the earliest vegan websites 20 years ago.
Erica Meier Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), national non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. Working to expose cruelty to farmed animals and promote vegan eating as a way to build a kinder world, COK’s strategic efforts include undercover investigations, legal advocacy, corporate outreach, and public education. Before working at COK, Erica was an animal control officer in DC, rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.
Vesanto Melina Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. She is an internationally known speaker and co-author of award-winning books that are classics on plant-based nutrition, most with Brenda Davis, and now in 13 languages. Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Editionis written for health professionals and nutrition enthusiasts and is entirely referenced. Half as long is Becoming Vegan: Express Edition. Vesanto has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and the University of British Columbia. Find more info at becomingvegan.ca and nutrispeak.com.
MiddletonK17 Kristie Middleton is the managing director of Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States and a leading figure in the movement to reform our global food system. She’s the author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time, a sought-after speaker, and thought leader on plant-based eating. Middleton has partnered with some of the nation’s biggest school districts to implement Meatless Monday. And she’s helped some of America’s top foodservice companies and universities develop and implement programs to add more plant-based options to their menus and train culinary staff in plant-based food prep.
Milton Mills Dr. Milton Mills is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a practicing urgent care physician in the Washington, DC metro area.  Dr. Mills’ compassionate and encompassing worldview has led him to apply his knowledge about preventative healthcare toward the unique challenges of those who are under-served by the mainstream medical model: minority and less affluent populations. As Associate Director of Preventative Medicine for Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and co-author of published articles on the Racial Bias in Federal Nutrition Policy, a powerful public speaker and, most important, a empathetic healthcare ally, Dr. Mills is a foremost advocate for a whole food, plant-based diet. 
Dawn Moncrief 2016 120x140 Dawn Moncrief is the Founder and Executive Director of A Well-Fed World, a vegan hunger relief and animal protection organization that partners with and financially strengthens (1) plant-based feeding/farming programs, (2) farmed animal care/rescue, (3) advocacy campaigns, and (4) movement building. She holds a master’s degree in international relations and another women's studies, both with a focus on economic development. Her work highlights the ways in which the consumption of animal-sourced foods in the U.S. and internationally exacerbate global hunger, food insecurity, and climate change. Special projects include Plants-4-Hunger, which provides alternatives to “gifting” animals for food in low-income countries.
Brenda Morris Brenda A. Morris is the founder and CEO of Humane Investing, LLC, a fee-only financial firm dedicated to helping activists make money while making a difference.  She has volunteered with the Vegetarian Society of Richmond for two decades and has been a coordinator of the Richmond VegFest since 2003. One of her favorite hobbies is giving out samples of amazing vegan food at non-veg events and watching people who have never considered going vegan consider it for the first time. While she encourages anyone who cares about animals to invest in companies that do not support, cause, or contribute to animal exploitation and suffering, she hopes this “specialization” isn’t needed much longer as more and more companies move towards incorporating cruelty-free practices into their business models.
Greg Muren Greg Muren is a member of the legal advocacy team at Compassion Over Killing. He seeks to promote justice, accountability, and transparency in the animal farming industry through litigation, policy initiatives, and investigations. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he studied Philosophy and Biology. During and before law school, he also worked in the legal departments at GLBTQ Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Public Citizen, and Lucasfilm, and he interned at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s district office in San Francisco.
Rosana Ng Rosana Ng combines her Eastern culture with her Western education to drive change in culturally responsive ways.  Rosana is The Pollination Project seed grant distributor in the Greater China Region. The program leverages unique funding opportunities where small amounts of money have the potential to make significant impact, while simultaneously lifting up emergent leaders in the space. Her grantees include internet KOLs (key opinion leaders) making travel videos to promote vegan destinations, to courageous activists filming the miseries of dairy cows.  Rosana is also a wildlife activist.   She takes active role in campaigns to reduce shark fin consumption and in beginning of 2018, successfully pushed for a Hong Kong ivory ban working along local and international wildlife groups in Hong Kong.
Nobari Nassim Nassim Nobari is the director of Seed the Commons, a vegan organization that works to wrest food systems from corporate control. In response to the food movement’s promotion of small-scale animal agriculture, she founded the People’s Harvest Forum, a yearly conference on radical food politics and the only such event to normalize veganism and promote veganic farming. Nassim has researched the globalization of dairy as an example of the West exporting dietary norms around the globe, and she spearheaded the #GetMilkOut campaign, which tackles mandatory milk in San Francisco school meals.
Jack Norris Jack Norris is a Registered Dietitian and the Executive Director of Vegan Outreach—an organization that conducts in-person outreach to students about a vegan lifestyle in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. In 2005, Jack was elected to the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He is the co-author of Vegan for Life. Jack earned a degree in nutrition and dietetics from Life University in 2000 and performed his dietetic internship at Georgia State University in 2001.
Patti Nyman Patti Nyman is the Intern, Volunteer, and Campaigns Manager at Animal Place. She holds a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto and has taught undergraduate courses in critical sociology. Patti has written scholarly articles in feminist studies and the philosophy of religion, published the e-book Why Veganism with Vegan Publishers, and has written for One Green Planet and Cowspiracy.
ObergJ17 John Oberg is the Director of New Media for the international animal protection organization, The Humane League. As Director of New Media, John oversees the  social media presence across The Humane League, which includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Reddit. These platforms are used as tools to reach millions of individuals with the plight of today's farmed animals. In the past 2.5 years, John has grown The Humane League's Facebook and Instagram following tenfold, and in his 4+ years overseeing social media, content on pages that he has managed has been seen over one billion times on Facebook alone.
Aylam Orian Aylam Orian is the founder and director of the non-profit "Our Planet. Theirs Too.", which produces the annual National Animal Rights Day (NARD) - now celebrated in more than 30 cities around the world. He is also the creator of The Declaration of Animal Rights, which has been translated to multiple languages and signed by tens of thousands of people around the globe. An actor and filmmaker by trade, Aylam started his animal rights activism in Israel in the early 1990’s, fighting for the country’s street cats and forced-labor horses. He then shifted his activism to the international arena, upon moving to the US and forming "Our Planet. Theirs Too."
lauren Ornelas lauren Ornelas is the founder and executive director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit that promotes veganism, fights for workers, and works on lack of access to healthy foods in communities of color. She has been an animal activist for three decades, during which she has launched numerous groups, investigated factory farms, run consumer campaigns, and helped stop the construction of an industrial dairy in California. Watch lauren’s TEDx talk on The Power of Our Food Choices. Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at www.foodispower.org and www.veganmexicanfood.com.
Julia Orr Julia Orr is a long-time animal rights activist and is currently acting as Director of Communications at Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. Previously she has worked as a communications specialist on many animal protection issues for organizations such as Mercy For Animals, SAEN, Beagle Freedom Project, Animal Justice Project, FARM and the Museum of Animals as well as organizing anti-vivisection campaigns in Los Angeles. In 2014, she curated her first art exhibition, “Light In Dark Places; The Anti-Vivisection Movement from Victorian Era to Modern Day.”
Kassy Ortega Kassy Ortega is a US Corporate Outreach Manager for The Humane League. Through this role, she works with major food and hospitality companies to facilitate the implementation of meaningful animal welfare policies for farmed animals. Before working with food companies, Kassy established The Humane League’s presence in Washington, DC as a Grassroots Director, inspiring local activists to get active for animals through veg outreach programs and actions to support The Humane League’s national campaigns for farmed animal welfare. Additionally, Kassy has distributed over 255,000 pro-veg leaflets at over 200 schools and events across North America.
Aneeha Patwardhan Aneeha Patwardhan is the India Outreach Manager at Vegan Outreach. Since 2013, she has initiated and led several outreach campaigns to promote veganism in her city while volunteering with an Indian animal rights organisation and has helped kickstart and expand grassroots outreach in several other states in India. She was also the coordinator of the Pune Vegan Fest, one of the first events of its kind in India that drew 5,000 attendees. Aneeha holds a degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Pune University. She has a background in data modelling, analytics, and programming, and worked in business consulting before becoming a full-time activist. 
Alexandra Paul Alexandra Paul co-wrote and produced the film on human overpopulation, Jampacked. She has spoken to 6,000 Los Angeles school kids on this topic, and in 1997 she was honoured by the United Nations Population Fund. She has a TEDx talk  on one child families and traveled to Sierra Leone to volunteer for Population Media Center.  She is on the board of advisors of World Population Balance and hosted 150 episodes of the environmental TV show, EarthTalk Today. Alexandra was Last Chance for Animals’ 2014 Vegan of the Year.  She is a health coach and an actress.
Rachel Pawelski Rachel Pawelski is the Corporate Campaigns Coordinator for Compassion Over Killing. She is currently conducting her thesis research to complete her Master's Degree in Anthrozoology from Canisius College. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation from Canisius. During her undergrad there, she founded and led a Veg Club on campus which played an integral role in the launch of Pitchforks, the college's groundbreaking and fully vegan dining station. Rachel has spent the past two summers touring with FARM's 10 Billion Lives and Have We Been Lied To? programs, educating others on the plight of farmed animals and advocating for a vegan lifestyle. She is also highly involved with WNY Vegfest - Buffalo, New York's first and only vegan festival. 
Omri Paz Omri Paz has been vegan for six years and is a law graduate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Six years ago Omri founded the non-profit Vegan-Friendly to advance the vegan life-style in Israel and increase the awareness of animal welfare. Besides its many activist projects, Vegan-Friendly works to add vegan dishes and menus to restaurants throughout the country and grants the Vegan-Friendly "Vegan Seal of Approval" to vegan products. The organization produces large vegan events which are attended by thousands - such as Vegan-Fest, the largest 100% vegan festival in the world. Last year Vegan-Friendly organized "The biggest Animal Rights March in the world" which brought together 30,000 people marching through the streets of Tel Aviv.
Sarah Pickering Sarah Pickering is a mission-driven leader and communications specialist with more than 15 years’ experience. Prior to joining Animal Equality as International Director of Communications she worked with several global animal protection and environmental nonprofits, was Head of Communications for a human rights organization focused on advancing equality worldwide and Communications Director for Copenhagen Climate Council for the UN Climate Change Conference, COP15. She was also Senior International Media Manager and a disaster relief team lead for World Animal Protection. Originally a journalist, Sarah transitioned to the nonprofit sector after volunteering.
Susan Prolman Susan Prolman is a lifelong advocate for animals. Susan served as Executive Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and as Director of International Campaigns for The Humane Society of the United States. She's lobbied against factory farming and for environmental protection in Washington, DC for years. While a Georgetown University law student, she helped to create the school's first animal law course. Susan leads Activism for Animals, which shares ideas for creative, positive, everyday actions individuals can take to spread animal rights messages in their communities. Visit @ActivismForAnimals on Instagram and ActivismForAnimals.org.
Dulce Ramírez Dulce Ramírez is the Executive Director in Mexico for Animal Equality, a lead international animal protection organization. She has collaborated with Mexican organizations dedicated to protecting animals through groundbreaking education programs and by promoting a plant-based diet. She has actively participated in legislative proposals for the abolition of circuses and bullfighting, and the inclusion of farmed animals within the animal protection laws of her country. She has also infiltrated farms and slaughterhouses as an undercover investigator and has coordinated the placement of other investigators into mexican meat industry.
Stephanie Redcross Stephanie Redcross is the Founder and Managing Director of Vegan Mainstream, a unique marketing consulting company especially for vegan entrepreneurs and professionals. Since 2009 Stephanie has been developing tools, training and support for the brave individuals who are starting and running vegan businesses all over the world. She was well-equipped to do this, with more than 15 years of marketing experience with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Since then Stephanie has been a frequent speaker at vegfest, conferences and even her own bootcamp series. Through these types of engagements, and her day-to-day work with Vegan Mainstream, Stephanie inspires others to turn their vegan passion into successful businesses.
Daniel Redwood Daniel Redwood is a longtime vegan singer-songwriter whose animal rights songs continue his “songs with a social justice message” legacy, including works for the farmworker and peace movements. His most recent album is Songs for Animals, People and the Earth, and his latest single is Just Like Us. He has performed at the AR Conference, at Northwest VEG events, at events benefiting animal sanctuaries, and numerous other venues. He is the director of a master’s degree program in nutrition, where he teaches plant-based nutrition, at the University of Western States.
Reese Jacy 2018 Jacy Reese has an upcoming book, The End of Animal Farming (November 2018), which illuminates humanity's upcoming shift to an animal-free food system. He hopes the book will usher in a transition from welfare reforms and one-by-one diet change to a society-wide movement fighting for the end of animal farming.  Reese is the Research Director at Sentience Institute, an effective altruism think tank researching how social movements succeed in expanding humanity's moral circle. His writing has appeared in media outlets such as VoxSalon, and Quartz.
Lisa Rimmert Lisa Rimmert oversees Vegan Outreach’s communications department, ensuring that volunteers, donors, and activists receive clear and consistent messaging about their critical roles in ending speciesism.Lisa has worked for over a decade in communications, marketing, and fundraising. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and her master’s in public relations from Webster University in St. Louis. In her spare time, Lisa performs standup comedy and volunteers on programs to foster racial and gender equity.
xoch Xochitl Rivera has been an ethical vegan for eleven years and a multidisciplinary person who work in different forms for non-human animals: writing, cooking, giving courses, workshops and talks about animal ethics and plant based food. Throughout Mexico has been involved in different projects and organizations that seek to improve the conditions of animals. For 5 years she has been directed the Centro de Atención Canina y Felina de Zacatecas which is a shelter for dogs and cats, doing free neuter and spay in all the state, specially in marginalized communities, looking for homes, adoptions and educational talks in schools. It has also managed to modify different laws and regulations of animal protection in the State of Zacatecas and Durango. She is a co founder of ComerparaSanar.com, a group that aims to promote a plant-based diet to improve health, positive impact in animals and the planet. Country coordinator of GAAP of Pollination Project (2017-2018) . She has also been a researcher on animal issues. And for fun and happiness she is a raw vegan ultra runner.
Alicia Robb Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Impact, a venture partner at New Crop Capital, and the Research Director at Cruelty Free Investing. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade. She is also the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Alicia received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance.  She is an advisory board member for several nonprofit groups, including the Deming Center Venture Fund, the Good Food Institute, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Katia Rodríguez Katia Rodríguez is a Biologist from Monterrey, México and AR activist for the past 9 years. Full time Vegan Outreach employee: Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator since 2016. She oversees all Spanish content, does campus outreach, helps run online programs and creates resources that help people become and/or stay vegan. She is now helping to further expand VO's work into other countries of Latin America.
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Michelle Rojas is the Managing Director of Better Eating International, where she oversees their operations, finances, and marketing. Her journey into animal rights follow her transitioning to a vegan diet and is linked directly to her belief in the interconnectedness of issues, and to her commitment to fight intolerance, hate and apathy on all fronts. In addition to vegan activism, she has advocated for disability rights, racial justice, gender equality, poverty eradication, and criminal justice reform. She lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and four children.

Neta Rosenthal Neta Rosenthal is an animal rights activist and the Director of Challenge 22+, an international interactive project offering its participants a free and supportive online framework for trying veganism for 22 days. Focusing on habit changing through the combination of group dynamics and personal mentoring, Neta developed many of the specialized support programs within Challenge 22+. Neta is the founder of Activegan Online, an effectiveness-oriented activism training course.
Lindsay Rubin Lindsay Rubin is the Director of Operations and Chief Chihuahua Whisperer at v-dog. As an ethical vegan, she is passionate about saving animals and helping v-dog pave the way for an international plant-based pet food revolution. When not at v-dog HQ, she can be found at the beach in San Francisco with her pups, at the studio dancing ballet, or eating vegan mac n' cheese. 
Matthew Ruscigno Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian with two nutrition degrees, including graduate training at Loma Linda, one of the only accredited universities promoting plant-based diets. He is the past-Chair of the Vegetarian Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a vegan of over 22 years. Matt lives in Los Angeles where he has taught community college and worked with low-income youth creating after-school cooking and gardening programs. Currently he is the Chief Nutrition Officer for Nutrinic, a healthcare company that uses plant-based diets to reduce risk for chronic diseases. Visit truelovehealth.com for more information. 
Brenda Sanders Brenda Sanders is a vegan food justice activist in Baltimore City who Co-Founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that provides resources to help people start living healthier, more sustainable lives. She’s also Executive Director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that supports people in marginalized communities in transitioning to the vegan lifestyle, Co-Creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living and Co-Owner of The Greener Kitchen, a plant-based food company that produces vegan foods that are both affordable and accessible to everyone.
Miyoko Schinner Miyoko Schinner is founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Kitchen, a leader in innovative, award-winning, organic dairy alternatives that aim to redefine the future of the creamery. A passionate culinarian, Miyoko is the author of five cookbooks and hosted three seasons of Vegan Mashup, a cooking show that aired on PBS nationwide. An avid activist working to change the culture of food, Miyoko is on the board of the Plant Based Foods Association, and co-founder of Rancho Compasióna farmed animal sanctuary in Nicasio, California, that provides a home to over 80 farm animals. 
Rocky Schwartz Rockwell “Rocky” Schwartz is an NYC-based rescuer, activist, and microsanctuary operator. She has worked with farm sanctuaries since 2012 and she has helped rescue nearly 4,000 animals throughout the United States over the past five years, specializing in chickens. She believes strongly in the power of sanctuaries to save lives, fight speciesism, and make activists better advocates for other animals. She lives in Brooklyn with her human partner and rescued dog, chicken, quail, and fish companions.
Harish Sethu Harish Sethu received his PhD in computer engineering and subsequently worked for IBM on the development of supercomputers that included Deep Blue, the first machine to beat a world chess champion. He later joined the faculty of a large private university where he teaches and conducts research in data science and web security. He has previously served as the volunteer Director of Humane League Labs. He is the author of the blog, Counting Animals, conceived as a place for people who love animals and numbers.
Renee Shamloo Renee Shamloo has been active in the animal welfare community since 2008.  From Director of Operations for Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue to her latest position as Shelter Manager for the National Cat Protection Society, Renee has been finding homes for unwanted pets for a decade.  As a graduate of California Western School of Law, Renee utilizes her legal skills to promote animal advocacy including putting an end to animal suffering, and creating innovative programs for shelters.
Synthian Sharp Synthian Sharp became lead singer for the hard-line political rock band, Exit Ophelia, won an Artivist Award for their human rights video, (“BELIEVE”) and spent a decade shooting film for humanitarian orgs across the world, including: Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, Farm Sanctuary, PeTA, A.R.M.E., and HarpSeals.org. His credits include the Earthlings sequel, “UNITY”, “How I Became An Elephant”, and the #1 Netflix documentary, "American Meth." He was an OCCUPY organizer…and he doesn’t think life is a formal occasion.
Kery Shaw Kery Shaw is a long time animal rights, human rights and environmental activist. She is the founder of The Stolen Lives Project, which is a project that combines her background of art and education as a tool to advocate for the welfare of animals. Miss Shaw works with sanctuaries, rescues and non profits around the world.  In addition Kery is a Cove Monitor with Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. As a photojournalist & documentary film maker she is always looking for her next story. She also is a huge advocate of holistic healing and self care. Kery is a proud fur mom to her vegan strong, two time cancer survivor dog, Portland. In 2017 they were featured in The New York Times. 
Jay Shooster Jay Shooster focuses on animal welfare litigation with the Richman Law Group. He also serves as a member of Direct Action Everywhere’s legal working group and as a legal consultant for the Nonhuman Rights Project. Prior to joining the Richman Law Group, Jay served as a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow with Just Security, a project within the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. During law school, he worked as a clinical student on the policing policy team of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as an intern in the National Security Division of the US Department of Justice, and in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Jasmin Singer Jasmin Singer (jasminsinger.com) is the author of the memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough (Penguin Random House Berkley), the cohost of the award-winning Our Hen House podcast, and the Senior Editor of VegNews Magazine. Named a “40 Under 40” by The Advocate, Jasmin has been featured in the documentaries Vegucated and The Ghosts In Our Machine, and has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show. She has contributed to several anthologies, led hundreds of workshops around the globe, and her Tedx talk—“Compassion Unlocks Identity”—was released last year. 
Meghan Smith Meghan Smith is The Humane League’s Campus Outreach Director, overseeing programs on college campuses nationwide. She develops these student interns, known as Campus Organizers, into confident leaders and effective animal activists by providing training in four areas of focus within the Campus Outreach Program: movement building, leadership development, high-impact grassroots outreach, and campaigns. Meghan previously served as Grassroots Director for The Humane League where she led the activist network and local program work in the Atlanta area.  
Scott_Smith_2018 Scott S. Smith co-founded Vegetarian World in 1973 and merged it with Vegetarian Times in 1978, where he served as associate editor for 5 years. As a freelance journalist, he has had 1,600 articles published in 185 media and wrote three books on animals and religion, including The Soul of Your Pet: Evidence for the Survival of Animals After Death and most recently God Reconsidered (www.GodReconsidered.com). He is a marketing consultant for the Wildlife Waystation and headed an organization to advocate animal rights in churches.
Kathy Stevens Kathy Stevens co-founded Catskill Animal Sanctuary, where her love of teaching, her belief that education has the power to transform, and her love of animals come together. One of the nation’s leading sanctuaries for farmed animals, Catskill has saved over 5,000 farm animals through direct rescue, and exponentially more through programming that encourages humans to adopt Veganism. Kathy is also the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp and a frequent contributor to books, podcasts, and articles on animal sentience, animal rights, and Veganism.
Veda Stram Veda Stram saw a picture in April 1988 of an animal being brutalized in a laboratory, attended a Last Chance for Animals meeting that night, became an activist and vegetarian, vegan in January 1989. She volunteered for Last Chance for Animals, Orange County People for Animals, Northwest Animal Rights Network, The Animals Voice (website and magazine) and weekly at Vegan Haven/Seattle since 2005. She has been a United Poultry Concerns board member since 2013. Veda created Newcomer Orientations for the Animal Rights Conference and has been working with All-Creatures.org since 2008.
Matthew Strugar Matthew Strugar is a civil rights and animal law attorney whose practice focuses on activist defense and police misconduct. His work includes defending activists from frivolous lawsuits brought by belligerent millionaires, challenging Ag-Gag laws in four different states, and representing demonstrators falsely arrested for standing up to the police. Before opening his own practice in 2016, Matthew was Litigation Director with the PETA Foundation. Prior to that, Matthew worked was a Staff Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Pei Su Pei Su is co-founder and CEO of ACTAsia. Since 1994, she has been dedicated to promoting compassion towards animals and respect for the environment in Asian cultures. ACTAsia’s Caring for Life Education program has trained more than 1,500 Chinese educators and reached more than 65,000 children in schools and community centers. The pioneering Compassionate Living Fashion Show in China is an annual cruelty-free event that influences millions of fashion shoppers. ACTAsia’s professional education program has trained many hundreds of veterinarians in China, enabling them to advocate for animals.
Jenny Tang Jenny Tang is a China-based producer/director and founder of HOPE, a non-profit vegan video and content initiative that films animal sanctuaries, rescues and vegan lifestyle in China. She is also a founding member of Wuwei Sanctuary, mainland China's first registered sanctuary that is qualified to rescue all wild and farmed animals. She has developed strong relationships with animal rights movement in China, being the first filmmaker allowed unprecedented access into the vast but secretive animal farming industry in one of the world’s largest meat country, with the hope to educate the Chinese public about the truths and origin of their meat.
Will Tuttle Dr. Will Tuttle is author of the acclaimed best-seller, The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages. A recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize, he has been a vegan advocate for 38 years, and has lectured extensively throughout North America and worldwide. A former Zen monk, as well as a noted musician, he is featured in a number of vegan documentary films and is co-founder of Circle of Compassion, and is a frequent radio, television presenter and online educator.
Justin Van Kleeck Justin Van Kleeck, PhD, is a writer, educator, and community organizer. In 2014, Justin and his wife, Rosemary, founded Triangle Chicken Advocates in North Carolina, a chicken-focused rescue, sanctuary, and advocacy organization; TCA inspired them to start The Microsanctuary Movement later that year. Justin also founded and contributes to the radical vegan blog Striving with Systems, and he currently serves as the Sanctuary & Microsanctuary Advisor for A Well-Fed World.
KR Vargas KR Vargas is a Latinx grassroots organizer and co-founder of La Raza For Liberation, an up-and-coming nonprofit organization that brings animal rights to Latin American communities in the U.S. in an relatable, accessible, and historically accurate way. Vargas has over 10 years of experience speaking in front of an audience, and has traveled across the country and overseas working at educational institutions and social service organizations in community development, conflict resolution, human rights, sexual and domestic abuse, mass incarceration, and food justice. Pronouns: They/them.
Velez-Mitchell15 Jane Velez-Mitchell is the editor of JaneUnChained, a social media news outlet that produces popular videos for animals, animal rights, the environment and compassionate lifestyle. Jane's reporting on animal issues has won 4 Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States. She has published 4 books by now, including a New York Times bestselling memoir. Jane hosted her own national cable TV show for 6 years and was also on the nationally syndicated TV show Celebrity Justice. She is also the director/producer of Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life, an award-winning documentary. She's worked coast to coast as a TV journalist for decades in popular TV channels.
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Jerry Vlasak, MD is a board-certified surgeon specializing in trauma and critical care. He is a former vivisector who has seen the agony of animals in laboratories. He debates the scientific invalidity of animal experimentation around the world, speaks out about the benefits of a vegan diet and offers lectures on the right of all sentient beings to live free of pain and suffering. His essays and interviews have been published in numerous journals and magazines and he has been interviewed on radio, TV and in print by journalists worldwide regarding animal rights. He resides in Los Angeles.

Tiffany Walker-Roper Tiffany Walker-Roper is a paralegal and aspiring writer focusing on animal rights, rescue, and race. Tiffany is the media coordinator and trainer with The Save Movement and an organizer with Chili’s on Wheels in the SF Bay Area. She lives with her two rescued rabbits, Rocky and Anise.
Shawna Weaver Shawna Weaver has a PhD in Sustainability Education and an MA in psychology. As an educator she works with students to make connections between various social and environmental issues and how individual actions have local and global impact. Shawna is currently the humane education manager at Animal Allies Humane Society and an instructor at a college in Minnesota. She helped start the Duluth Minnesota Vegan Community, an inclusive group for rural northern Minnesotans striving toward a plant-based lifestyle. She nerds out on music, snorkeling, writing, and ultra-marathons. 
Eileen Weintraub Eileen Weintraub is a lifelong animal advocate/rescuer. In 1998, she began supporting animal protection groups in India. During her many trips to the country, Eileen discovered groups which, despite little financial support, were helping animals in extremely difficult conditions and against all odds. Deeply impressed by how these dedicated groups and individuals were making such a big difference for the animals, Eileen was inspired to found Help Animals India in 2008 to advise groups like these and facilitate the flow of support from donors worldwide. She has won the Unsung Vegan Heroes award from The Pollination Project.
Jodie Wiederkehr Jodie Wiederkehr founded the Partnership to Ban Horse Carriages Worldwide, a coalition that now has representatives from 27 cities. Jodie is also running the Chicago Alliance for Animals (CAA), committed to creating a kinder Chicago. Due to CAA’s undercover work and media attention, Chicago’s three horse carriage companies have been cited hundreds of times and are facing up to $100,000 in fines. Additionally, a few Chicago Aldermen introduced legislation to ban horse carriages this year and at least 18 Aldermen support the ban. 
Ed Winters Ed Winters (Earthling Ed) created his YouTube channel in 2016 with the aim of producing educational vegan content and resources to inspire non-vegans to go vegan and vegans to become active. He is also the co-director of the animal rights organization Surge, through which he founded The Official Animal Rights March. Furthermore, Earthling Ed has given vegan speeches in 1/3 of universities in the UK during the last seven months, as well as screening the documentary “Land of Hope and Glory,” which he created and released in August 2017.
Kelly Witwicki Kelly Witwicki is co-founder and executive director of Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank researching the most effective strategies to expand humanity's moral circle. The institute's current focus is ensuring that animal farming ends as quickly and reliably as possible. Kelly previously directed communications at Sentience Politics, co-organized a grassroots protest group, served as a caregiver at a farmed animal sanctuary, and worked as a software engineer at Google. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, dog, and two chickens, Snow and Dualla, who were rescued from an egg farm.
Lindsay Wolf Lindsay Wolf is a former undercover investigator who has gone behind the closed doors of factory farms, pet stores, vivisection labs, and other industries to expose animal abuse. She is currently the vice president of investigations for Mercy For Animals, an international animal protection organization that is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
Wolf Mike headshot Mike Wolf is the Director of Investigations for Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. He joined COK in 2014, and since then has led investigative efforts into meat, dairy, and egg facilities, overseeing multiple investigations that have gone viral, sparking a national debate, and ultimately, change. Before working at COK, Mike spent several years working as an Undercover Investigator with a focus on animal agriculture.
Roger Wolfson Roger Wolfson is a professional TV writer and a civil rights attorney.  He has also been staff for four U.S. Senators, and currently serves as Commissioner of Animal Services for the City of Los Angeles, where he authored the proposal to provide plant-based foods to LA shelter dogs.  
Shmuly Yanklowitz Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is author of The Jewish Vegan, co-editor of Jewish Vegetarianism & Veganism, President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute (the Jewish Vegan movement), Founder and President of YATOM, and author of thirteen books on Jewish ethicsNewsweek named him one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews. Rabbi Shmuly, his wife, children, & foster children live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jian Yi Jian Yi is a Beijing-based filmmaker and cultural activist. His film projects  Jian Yi is a Beijing-based filmmaker and cultural activist. His film projects have won international awards and screened globally at venues including New York’s MoMA. Jian's 2009 short What’s For Dinner?is the first Chinese documentary on the impact of China’s skyrocketing demand for meat and is widely known in China. Jian co-founded the Good Food Fund and the Good Food Academy in 2017 and is among the leading activists in China’s food movement for conscious food and animal welfare. His next film, Zodiac 12, explores relations of human and non-human animals in our modern world through the lenses of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.