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M. Claire Howe, Esq.

Executive Director, Co-founder

Favorite Food: Potatoes

Plant-based because? It’s an effective and delicious way to help people, animals, and our environment!

Preferred forms of advocacy? Having friendly conversations, feeding people tasty food, and supporting young activists.

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Cami Hoffman

Resource Development Intern

Lead Raven - San Diego, California

Favorite food? Granola

Plant-based because? It is unnecessary to take an innocent life for a moment of satisfaction, especially when we have more sustainable ways to feed ourselves.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Educational outreach, like speeches, leafleting, one-on-one conversations, etc.


Sophia Hamblem

Lead Raven - Adelaide, Australia

Favorite Food Food(s): Brown rice, oats, anything carb-related basically.

Plant-based because: the body and life we, as living beings, are born into is beyond our control. Discriminating and condemning on this basis will never be morally right. Human or non-human, black or white, gay or straight, we are all sentient beings who share a spectrum of emotions and possess the ability to feel pain and suffer alike. We are living, breathing, feeling beings who are in this worn-out world and aware of it. We need to start practising compassion, connection, and courage for the sake of ourselves, those we share this life with, and our planet. Change is something we can't just wish into existence, we need to become it.

Preferred forms of advocacy: one-on-one conversation, the written word, film, and food. I prefer to use methods that force people to question their own morality and hypocrisy, rather than fact-slamming.


Melissa Patterson

Co-founder, Lead Raven - Portland, Oregon

Favorite food(s): Kiwi

Plant-based because? I initially became plant-based for personal health and later became passionate about human rights and animal advocacy.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Participation in engaging/inclusive community events, involvement in seminars/discussions (personal and professional), and legislative activism


Brennan McConnell - Griner

Co-founder, Lead Raven - Portland, Oregon

Favorite food? Thai Red Curry

Plant-based because? I think it’s extremely important to work towards reducing my carbon footprint, and diet change is a very effective way of reaching that goal. I’ve also felt very connected to animals my whole life and hope to practice compassion in every way I can.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Lobbying, education, and anything that makes environmentally-friendly options more accessible to everyone.


Venus Kaufman

Lead Raven - Portland, Oregon

Favorite food? Pizza

Plant-based because? I value life, our environment, and my physical health.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Being hands on with my Operations and learning from others. Cooking, growing food, taste tests, beach cleanups, clothing swaps, volunteering at local nonprofits, speaking at local events, and involving myself in governmental affairs are all ways I want to improve life.

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Mia Vierck

Lead Raven - La Quinta, California

Favorite Food? Mac n’ Cheese

Plant-based because? I believe animals deserve the right to live just as much as I do, and because I believe it is one of the biggest ways I as an individual can combat climate change!

Preferred forms of advocacy? Any form of positive activism, whether that be hosting a vegan potluck or participating in a peaceful protest!


Katryna Ohryn

Co-founder, Live Entertainment Promoter

Favorite food: Sweet Pea’s Bakery TLT (add cashew cheese)

Plant-based because? I want to help the environment, animals, and people around the world.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Taking people into nature, encouraging people to get excited about nutrition, cooking great vegan food for friends, and telling others cool facts about animals/nature/nutrition/science

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Chris Parrucci

Director of Operations

Favorite food? Guacamole and Chips

Plant-based because? I believe every living being on this earth deserves empathy, compassion, and respect.

Preferred forms of advocacy? Education, sharing delicious vegan food, and demonstrating how easy it can be to eat a plant-based diet.