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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 conversations and actively listening to what other people think, feeding people tasty food, and supporting young activists.


Macy Jenks

Co-founder, Raven Liaison

Favorite food: Oatmeal

Plant-based because: I do not agree with the systematic suffering that animals are put through.

Preferred forms of advocacy: Story-telling through writing and public speaking.


Melissa Patterson

Co-founder, Lead Raven - Portland

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

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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.


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.

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