Nina Horne, MPP, is a policy consultant focused to building and supporting initiatives for improving lives at the international, federal, state, and local levels with a wide range of organizations, including the OECD, the U.N., EPA, Department of State, National Science Foundation, International Standards Organization, and private investment firms. Nina is also a long-term City Commissioner in Oakland, California, serving as a grant-maker to more than 120 community-based youth development organizations annually. With more than twenty years experience in the educational, social, and policy environments in a variety of roles—teaching, educational publishing, policy innovation, grant-making, and evaluation—Nina is focused on ensuring that all families have access to lives of dignity, meaning, and happiness. She began sitting in 1995 as a form of stress reduction, eventually transforming her practice into a daily approach to a more compassionate and joyful life.
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement, which works to create a humane, peaceful, healthy and just world for all people, animals, and the environment through education. Zoe is the author of several award winning books including Most Good, Least Harm: The Simple Principle for a Better World and a Meaningful Life (2009), The Power and Promise of Humane Education (2004), and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times (2003). She has written numerous articles on humane education and humane living and has appeared frequently on radio and television.
In 2010, Zoe gave her first TEDx talk “The World Becomes What You Teach” which became among the 50 top-rated of more than 12,000 TEDx talks. Since then she has given three other TEDx talks including “Solutionaries,” “Educating for Freedom,” and “How to Be a Solutionary.”
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga. As a strong and articulate voice for social change, she is also the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World programs and co-founder of “Bare Witness” Humanitarian Tours/the Global SEVA Challenge. Seane is a contributor at Oprah.com and has been featured in a wide range of media including Vogue, Glamour, Yoga Journal, Fit, Conde Nast Traveler, Body and Soul, LA Magazine, and the Today Show.
Nathan Runkle is the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals and agriculture. After a local farmed animal abuse case, involving a piglet slammed head first into a concrete floor during an agriculture project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded Mercy For Animals to give “food” animals a much needed advocate in his local community.
Since founding Mercy For Animals a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization’s growth into a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals. A grassroots organizer and coordinator for many years, Nathan has spearheaded hundreds of demonstrations and outreach events across the country – ranging from protests outside pork and egg producer conventions to parade marches, educational exhibits, and more. VegNews magazine has recognized both Mercy For Animals and Nathan for making substantial contributions to the vegetarian movement, naming MFA “Non-Profit of the Year” and Nathan one of the “25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians” and one of the country’s “Top 20 Activists Under 30 Years Old.”
Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician. His music, writings, and presentations focus on creativity, intuition, and compassion. Will presents about 150 events yearly at conferences, retreats, and progressive churches and centers throughout North America. A healthy, enthusiastic, and profoundly happy vegan since 1980, and Dharma Master in the Zen Buddhist tradition, Will sees his mission as one of bringing the message of radical inclusion to our wounded and fragmented culture. He is a recipient of The Peace Abbey’s “Courage of Conscience Award,” as well as the “Shining World Hero Award.” His book, The World Peace Diet, was a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com.
Ingrid Newkirk is an animal rights activist, an author, and the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She is best known for the animal rights awareness campaigns she organizes on behalf of PETA, which she cofounded in 1980.
Ingrid is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Easy Things You Can Do, 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals, The Compassionate Cook, 250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You, You Can Save the Animals: 251 Simple Ways to Stop Thoughtless Cruelty, Free the Animals, Making Kind Choices, Let’s Have a Dog Party!, One Can Make a Difference, and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. She has also written numerous articles on the treatment of animals in homes, slaughterhouses, circuses, and laboratories.
Julia is also co-founder of the Engage Network, an advisor to many nonprofit organizations including Women’s Earth Alliance, and is the inspiration behind the grassroots small circle program, What’s Your Tree.
Andrew Boston is an economic development volunteer in the United States Peace Corps, based in rural Northeast Uganda. Andrew’s assignment is with a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) sponsored community radio station. Andrew hosts several daily radio programs discussing everything from economic development and financial literacy to HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria education, and health related issues. Andrew’s role in his community extends teaching computer skills at a local teachers college, and working with the local village leaders on development solutions for the Teso region of Uganda. In addition to his primary assignment, Andrew works as a cross cultural ambassador with Fields of Growth.org and the Uganda lacrosse program, introducing the sport for the first time on African soil. Andrew previously worked with JP/HRO in Port au Prince Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake.
Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 45 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection.He is the author of four books: The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure (University of California Press, 2011); Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good (Macmillan, 2006); The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations (Humane Society Press, 2000). He is currently at work on a new book about the inner lives of fishes, and a novel titled After Meat.
Formerly Senior Research Scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Jonathan is currently the Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University. Based near Washington, DC, in his spare time Jonathan enjoys biking, baking, birdwatching, piano, painting, and trying to understand his two cats.
Britt is a blogger, podcaster, blog coach, consultant, and trainer who helps people tells their stories, have fun, do good, and make their big visions real. She loves working with individuals and organizations that have big visions for better world. Britt began blogging in 2005 with the launch of her personal blog, Have Fun, Do Good, where she shares ideas, inspiration and interviews for fun-loving do-gooders. She has contributed to the Huffington Post, BlogHer, the Stanford Social Innovation Review Opinion Blog, and Worldchanging. In 2012, she started a new blog, VegCookbook Club , where readers cook from one vegetarian, or vegan cookbook each month, and swap VegCooking stories. She produces her own podcast, The Big Vision Podcast, where she interviews people with big visions for a better world, and she produces the Arts and Healing Network’s Podcast. The East Bay Express named her the Best Blogger/Podcaster Most Dedicated to Social Change. You can learn more about Britt at www.brittbravo.com , follow her on Twitter @bbravo, and see photos of what she’s been cooking on Instagram.
At age 16, Ocean founded YES!, an organization he directed for the next 20 years with the goal of connecting, inspiring and mobilizing visionary young leaders worldwide. He’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people, led hundreds of retreats, workshops and Jams for leaders in 65+ nations, written books, mentored (and learned from) changemakers, been a creative partner and lead editor for bestsellers. Ocean is an adjunct professor of Peace Studies at Chapman University, a blogger, a speaker, and a facilitator. He co-hosts, with his father, John Robbins, the Food Revolution Network: a mobilization of over 80,000 people dedicated to healthy sustainable, humane and delicious food and food systems. With his wife, Michelle, Ocean is the proud father of special needs twins.
Gary Smith is co-founder of Evolotus, a PR agency working for a better world. Evolotus specializes in nonprofits, documentary films, animal advocacy campaigns, health/wellness, natural foods and socially beneficial companies. Gary blogs at The Thinking Vegan and has written for Elephant Journal, Jewish Journal and as a guest blogger for Mother Nature Network. Gary and his wife are ethical vegans and live in Sherman Oaks, CA with their cat Chloe and two beagles rescued from an animal testing laboratory, Frederick and Douglass.
Rae has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment and human rights for over 30 years. Her programs have been changing people’s vision of what is possible to create in our lives and in the world. Rae has worked internationally with participants ranging from teachers, students and prisoners to businesses and activists. As co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education, Rae created interactive critical thinking tools that are now being used by people around the globe. She holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin. Rae draws from years of experience to help individuals and groups discover how implementing changes personally/locally can bring about positive change globally. She is co-founder/co-director of Plant Peace Daily and co-founder of VegFund.
Sarah is a longtime animal rights advocate, former music executive, pioneer in eco-friendly concert and event production and creator of the The Spitfire Tour, a tour of musicians, actors and activists speaking out on global issues. Sarah is also the owner and principal of The Spitfire Agency, a full-service promotion, production and marketing agency dedicated to nonprofits and cause-related ventures. In addition, Sarah is involved in many community projects from serving on boards of directors and advising organizations such as Youth Speaks, Circle Of Life, Voice Yourself, Honor The Earth and Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (CIVIC). A vegetarian since the age of 22, she is also a supporter of PETA, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, In Defense Of Animals and Farm Sanctuary. Sarah’s most recent project is creating and launching a unique cage-free cat hotel, Kitty Charm School, in Mill Valley, CA.
Katchie Ananda is an internationally-recognized Yoga and Dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. Katchie has over 20 years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher and trainer, and is certified in Anusara, Jivamukti and Integral yoga, as well as extensively trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa by Richard Freeman. Deeply inspired by, and committed to her teacher and mentor, Jack Kornfield, Katchie is an avid practitioner of Vipassana Meditation. She has studied with Jack for over 15 years and has “sat” numerous 10 and 30-day silent meditation retreats under his guidance. She is the co-founder of Yoga Sangha, now Yoga Kula, a studio in San Francisco renowned for its focus on “Spiritual Activation” and social change. She works frequently with authors and activists such as John Robbins, Julia Butterfly Hill and Milena Moser and is dedicated to raising awareness about human and animal rights, the environment and social justice in her yoga classes. When not travelling, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and dog.
Kerri is a popular Bay Area, CA yoga teacher, leadership coach, trainer and Executive Director of the international yoga and action organization, Off the Mat into the World. Kerri is deeply committed to mobilizing the yoga community around purpose and positive social change.