Arlington, VA, October 27-29, 2011

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The Issues

  • Public Health: Disease and Contamination
  • Farm Animal Sentience
  • Waste Management, Mismanaged Resources and Climate Change
  • Inside the Industry: The Treatment of Animals
  • Economics of Factory Farming
  • Rise of Factory Farming Globally
  • Legal Advocacy and the Farm Bill
  • Creating Change in the Marketplace
  • Convergent Movements
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Plant-Based Living
  • Models for the Future
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2011 Speakers

Sarah Alexander education and outreach director,Food and Water Watch
Kyle Ash Senior Legislative Representative, Greenpeace
Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D bestselling author and animal behavior expert
Gene Baur president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary
Donna Michelle Beaudoin author,  motivational speaker, and creator of “Sister Vegetarian”
Marc Bekoff former professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado
Eleanor Boyle, Ph.D. writer and educator on how food systems can be made more compassionate and sustainable
Gail D. Carr assistant executive director, Urban Farming
Holly Cheever, D.V.M. Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Award winning Veterinarian
Nick Cooney founder and director of The Humane League
Susie Coston national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary
Geoffrey Evans Animal Agriculture and Climate Change Specialist at Humane Society International
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H. practicing physician and assistant professor, George Washington University Department of Medicine
Lester Friedlander former USDA slaughterhouse inspector
Bruce Friedrich senior director for strategic initiatives for Farm Sanctuary
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. family physician, NY Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher
Leah Garcés USA director for Compassion in World Farming
Michael Greger, M.D. Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Wenonah Hauter executive director of Food & Water Watch
Lynn Henning Sierra Club Water Sentinel
John Ikerd, Ph.D. professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia
Dan Imhoff Independent publisher and author of “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories” and “Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill”
Dena Jones Farm Animal Program Manager for the Animal Welfare Institute
Allan Kornberg, M.D. executive director, Farm Sanctuary
Elizabeth Kucinich director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Greg Lawson National Parks Service ranger
Mia MacDonald director of Brighter Green
John Mackey co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
James McWilliams, Ph.D. author of multiple books on food and agriculture
Erica Meier executive director of Compassion Over Killing
Noam Mohr, Ph.D. physicist and author of studies on animal agriculture and climate change
Dawn Moncrieffe founder and director of A Well-Fed World
Congressman James P. Moran serving Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District
Victoria Moran author and holistic health counselor
Jim Motavalli contributor to the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Mother Nature Network and NPR's Car Talk, and author of the forthcoming book High Voltage
Martha Noble Senior Policy Associate at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Wayne Pacelle president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Anteneh Roba, M.D. president and co-founder of International Fund for Africa
Nathan Runkle founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals
Paul Shapiro senior director of Farm Animal Protection at Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Michele Simon public health attorney and president, Eat Drink Politics
Mike Tidwell founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Bryan Walsh senior writer for TIME
David J. Wolfson partner, Milbank Tweed; Adjunct Professor NYU School of Law
Richard Wood executive director of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), chair of Keep Antibiotics Working

Sarah AlexanderSarah Alexander is the education & outreach director of Food & Water Watch. She directs Food & Water Watch’s Online campaigns, including advocacy and fundraising, outreach to new communities, and the integration of the online and offline organizing and leadership development program. Sarah has worked on issues related to food sovereignty, genetic engineering, and local food security. Her background is in community organizing, strategic campaigning and legislative campaigns, having previously worked with Green Corps, the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and the American Community Gardening Association.

Kyle AshKyle Ash is Greenpeace’s Senior Legislative Representative, and is responsible for domestic and international climate change policy analysis and campaign strategy. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Ash served as Government Affairs Manager for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), where he was a legislative advocate on issues ranging from public health and animal welfare to medical research and education. At PCRM he managed grassroots advocacy campaigns and was instrumental in successfully advocating for the diversion of funds from farm subsidy programs to nutrition and conservation programs. Prior to his work at PCRM, he served as Assistant Lobbyist and Strategist for the European Environmental Bureau, where he lobbied Parliament, researched policy, and managed coalition building. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets and was one of the most frequently quoted sources during the Copenhagen Climate Conference. Ash holds a Masters degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

Jonathan BalcombeJonathan Balcombe, Ph.D. is an animal behavior expert and a passionate advocate for animals and their living spaces. His best-selling books Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature present animals in a new light and presage a revolution in the human-animal relationship. A scientist, Dr. Balcombe shares a dynamic message that resonates with timely issues affecting everyone, including climate change, biodiversity and personal health. He has received invitations from the around the world to speak and has presented his work on six continents. Dr. Balcombe was born in England and raised in New Zealand and Canada. He studied biology at Canada’s York University and Carleton University before earning a Ph.D. in ethology (animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee. He has written over 40 scientific papers and book chapters, and many lay articles on animal behavior and animal protection.

Gene BaurGene Baur president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming. He has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his photos and videos exposing factory farming cruelty have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. His book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, a national best-seller, is a thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions surrounding beef, poultry, pork, milk, and egg production – as well as what each of us can do to promote compassion and help stop the systematic mistreatment of the billions of farm animals who are exploited for food in the U.S. every year.

Donna Michelle BeudoinDonna Michelle Beaudoin is the author of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit, to be released in February 2012 by Lantern Books. She developed the idea of Sister Vegetarian through years of wavering back and forth between a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and eating meat, and by noticing how many people started and stopped the veg lifestyle many times as she has done. Donna received a Certification in Raw Vegan Lifestyle Living through the Raw Vegan Network-Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education in order to help people transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by illustrating the importance of adding raw vegan and whole foods to weekly meals for increased health benefits. She believes that educating ourselves on a plant-based diet is paramount in healing ourselves and the environment, and stopping animal cruelty.

Marc BekoffMarc Bekoff is a former professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and a former Guggenheim fellow. In 2000 he was presented with the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. In 2009 Bekoff became a member of the Humane Society University and was also presented with the Saint Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland, NZ, SPCA.  Bekoff has published more than 200 scientific and popular essays and 22 books, including Minding Animals, the Ten trusts (with Jane Goodall), The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, and two editions of the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare.

Eleanor BoyleEleanor Boyle, Ph.D. is an educator and writer who focuses on how we can make our food systems and meal choices sustainable and compassionate. She has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, and she has written scientific articles on animal sentience for Compassion in World Farming in the U.K.  She recently earned an M.Sc. in Food Policy from City University in London, England, and is currently writing a book on the urgent need for citizens to cut back on their meat consumption. Eleanor believes we need a two-pronged approach to better food systems: bottom-up through strong citizen action and top-down through visionary food policy. Her website and blog are at She also co-authored a book with her husband, Harley Rothstein, on how to be an effective university instructor.

Gail D. CarrGail D. Carr, is assistant executive director for Urban Farming. She has lived in Detroit for more than five decades, attended Detroit public schools, and studied communications at Wayne State University.  Ms. Carr joined the Urban Farming family during the spring of 2005. It became apparent to her that the mission of Urban Farming, to “Create An Abundance of Food for All in Our Generation,” would soon become a reality and an absolute necessity. She was honored to be a part of such a valuable movement. Gail was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors in the fall of 2005, serving for more than five years. In July of 2010, Gail was appointed by the Board of Directors to assume the responsibility of assistant executive director for Urban Farming.  She works alongside the Founder and Executive Director TajaSevelle.

Holly CheeverHolly Cheever, DVM, in addition to her private practice serving companion animals and wildlife, instructs veterinary students, consults for animal advocacy organizations, and assists law officers in animal abuse cases. Dr. Cheever has received awards from the NY State Troopers, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, she is vice president of the New York State Humane Association and is chairperson of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's Leadership Council. Dr. Cheever was educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1971, summa cum laude) and at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (D.V.M. 1980, class rank #1). She resides on a small farm sanctuary in upstate New York with her husband and four children.

Nick CooneyNick Cooney is the founder and director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy organization based in Philadelphia, PA that focuses on farm animal protection issues. Nick has written for publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Z Magazine, and his advocacy work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. He holds a degree in Non-Violence Studies from Hofstra University and formerly worked conducting nutrition education programs with the University of Pennsylvania's Urban Nutrition Initiative. A frequent lecturer who has spoken to hundreds of classrooms, community groups and conferences, Nick speaks at advocacy organizations about key psychological principles that can make individuals more effective in working for social change.

Susie CostonSusie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's national shelter director, joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in March 2000 after six years of working for a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. She has been a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries throughout the United States and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference, which provides valuable resources and hands-on training for people interested in caring for farm animals. She also shares her deep understanding of farm animals with a wider audience by bringing the stories of Farm Sanctuary’s rescued animals to the public. Susie oversees a full department of caregivers, feeders, cleaners, and project workers, ensuring that the hundreds of animals residing at Farm Sanctuary’s New York and California Shelters are given the best possible care throughout every stage of their lives. When she is not at the shelters, she shares her home with nine cats, two dogs, and any number of farm animals who may need special care.

Geoff EvansGeoff Evans is the Animal Agriculture and Climate Change Specialist at Humane Society International. He leads the efforts of HSI to address and mitigate the animal agriculture sector’s contribution to climate change. Evans fulfills this role through research and writing, publishing, policy planning, strategic planning, and advocacy and outreach to policy makers, government representatives, NGOs, and others. He also speaks and represents HSI at related conferences and provides support to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its staff on climate change. Before joining HSI, he was an associate at the San Francisco law firm Evans & Page, focusing on animal law. Evans received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2006, with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He is a recipient of the Natural Resources Law Institute Environmental Leadership Award and the Hogan Award for success and dedication in the field of animal law.

Hope FerdowsianHope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at The George Washington University. She is board certified in General Internal Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Her work interests have focused on the health and protection of vulnerable populations, including humans and nonhuman animals. Internationally, she has served medically in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Federated States of Micronesia. She is a volunteer physician for Physicians for Human Rights and HealthRight International. Domestically, she has worked with non-profit organizations providing health care for individuals who are homeless. Previously she worked as Director of Clinical Research at Washington Center for Clinical Research and Director of Research Policy at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Lester Castro Friedlander, DVMLester Castro Friedlander, DVM, earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Araneta University in Metro Manilla, the Phillipines, in 1979. He served as the farm veterinarian at Animal Farm in Ellenville, NY, for five years and as an Assistant State Veterinarian for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board from 1983 to 1984. Friedlander was Supervisory Veterinary Medical Office for the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service for a decade. His experiences in industrial facilities have included serving as the overseeing veterinarian at the largest single-building hamburger production plant and, at a different plant, uncovering illegal use of steroids in the raising of veal calves. In 1991 he discovered a disease in cows and published his finding in The Journal of Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Friedlander has been interviewed by numerous news outlets, including CBS, CNN, and more than 50 newspapers. He has volunteered his time at several animal protection organizations and regularly speaks on Mad Cow Disease, E. Coli contamination, and CAFOs.

Bruce FriedrichBruce Friedrich is senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary. Friedrich, who has been a progressive activist for 25 years, worked for two years as a public school teacher in inner city Baltimore (where he was his school’s “teacher of the year”), for six years at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., and for 15 years at PETA, where he was vice president for policy. Friedrich co-authored The Animal Activist's Handbook with Matt Ball. About the book, Peter Singer says, "Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now."

Joel FuhrmanJoel Fuhrman, M.D., is a board–certified family physician, a New York Times best-selling author, and a researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows. Published in 2003, his best-selling book, Eat to Live (Little Brown), has gone through over 20 printings and multiple foreign language editions. Dr. Fuhrman’s research activities include working with researchers at the National Institute of Health to investigate nutrition and diet interventions for specific autoimmune diseases.

Leah GarcesLeah Garcés is the USA Director for Compassion in World Farming, an organization based in the UK with offices around the world, dedicated to reforming a broken food and farming system for a more humane and sustainable one.  With its focus primarily on farm animal welfare, Compassion has expanding its advocacy to include all areas that are detrimentally impacted by factory farming, including the environment, human health, community and worker’s justice.  She has been the author and editor of various reports and books related to farm animals. She worked for seven years in London as the Director of Programmes and Campaigns for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the largest international animal welfare organization in the world. Prior to that she oversaw international campaigns and did research at Compassion in World Farming, and worked at Save the Manatee Club in Florida.

Michael GregerMichael Greger, M.D., a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine, is the director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.  An internationally recognized lecturer, he has presented at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health and the International Bird Flu Summit; testified before Congress; and appeared as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.  His recent scientific articles in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture. His latest book is the acclaimed Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching.

Wenonah HauterWenonah Hauter is the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on energy, food, water and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots field strategy and action plans. From 1997 to 2005 she served as Director of Public Citizen‚ Energy and Environment Program, which focused on water, food, and energy policy. From 1996 to 1997, she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, where she worked with the organization’s 30 state-based groups. From 1989 to 1995 she was at the Union of Concerned Scientists where as a senior organizer, she coordinated broad-based, grassroots sustainable energy campaigns in several states. She has an M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.

Lynn HenningLynn Henning has emerged as a leading voice calling on state and federal authorities to hold livestock factory farms accountable to water and air quality laws. With her husband, she farms 300-acres of corn and soybeans in Lenawee County within 10 miles of 12 CAFO facilities. In 2000, as her small rural community was inundated with CAFOs, a nearby CAFO operator accused Henning and her husband of reporting the facility’s waste discharges to state officials, which they denied. The accusation prompted Henning and other concerned neighbors to form Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan (ECCSCM), and they began organizing to bring the CAFOs to justice. She joined forces with the Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter as a volunteer Water Sentinel in 2001, and became a staff member in 2005. Henning recently helped form a statewide committee charged with conducting a first-ever assessment of the environmental impacts of CAFOs on public health.

John IkerdJohn Ikerd, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Ikerd was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent 30 years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture. Dr. Ikerd is author of Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense; Small Farms are Real Farms; Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture;and A Revolution of the Middle.

John IkerdDan Imhoff is an author and independent publisher who has concentrated for nearly 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment and design. He has written numerous articles, essays and books, including CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories; Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill; Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World; Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood. Dan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media and the president and co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a 10-year-old national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature. He lives on a small homestead farm in Northern California.

Dena JonesDena Jones is the Farm Animal Program Manager for the Animal Welfare Institute, a non-profit organization that has been dedicated, since its founding in 1951, to alleviating the suffering inflicted on animals by people. Dena has nearly 20 years of experience in animal advocacy, including prior positions at the World Society for the Protection of Animals, the Animal Protection Institute and Humane Farming Association. Dena has a Masters degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and her areas of interest and expertise include farm animal practices and legal protections, food labeling claims, and public attitudes towards the use of animals for food. Before working on behalf of farm animals, Dena advocated for people in her previous career as a nurse.

Allan Kornberg, M.D.Allan Kornberg, M.D., is the executive director of Farm Sanctuary. A lifelong animal advocate, Dr. Kornberg formerly served as the U.S. Executive Director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals and has worked with numerous other advocacy groups, including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He has also had a distinguished career as a pediatrician with more than 25 years of clinical and executive experience, having served as senior vice president for the National Initiative for Children's Health Quality, CEO of Network Health, medical director of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, executive director and medical director for the physician-hospital organization at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center, and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Buffalo Children's Hospital.

Elizabeth KucinichElizabeth Kucinich is an advocate of sustainable food and plant-based living and a champion for peace, animals and the environment. Active in animal issues since childhood, she would skip school to lobby parliament in London and the EU about factory farming and was an avid letter writer against animal testing -- presaging her current work as Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she focuses on the nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet, agricultural reform, and the use of animals in medical training and research. Elizabeth is presently co-producing a film about GMOs; building a school in Tanzania; and serving on the board of several organizations. She is married to U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Greg LawsonGreg Lawson has been a National Park Service Ranger for almost three decades. Through his work for the National Park Service, he has taken a strong interest in land preservation and the devastation factory farming is causing through air and water pollution, deforestation and habitat loss, as well the impact on wildlife and endangered species. Greg is also the president of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso. For the past nine years he has hosted a radio show, Animal Concerns of Texas (ACT), on KTEP, National Public Radio for the Southwest.

Mia MacDonaldMia MacDonald is director of New York-based Brighter Green. A public policy analyst and writer, she has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations on issues of environment, sustainable development, women's rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She has published many articles in popular and environmental media, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and contributed to four books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai's best-selling autobiography, Unbowed. She is a senior fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and serves as a director on the boards of Farm Sanctuary, Food Empowerment Project, and the Green Belt Movement International - North America.

John MackeyJohn Mackey is co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, one of the very first supermarket-style natural foods stores in the country. John has devoted most of his adult life to selling natural foods and building a better business model. A leading practitioner of empowerment management, Mackey helped build a $10 billion Fortune 500 company that is now one of the top 20 supermarket companies in America. He created the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, was a visionary in efforts to require humane treatment of food animals, and is a staunch advocate of healthy eating education. A strong believer in free-market principles, Mackey co-founded Conscious Capitalism.

James McWilliamsJames McWilliams, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history at Texas State University. He was a fellow at Yale University’s Agrarian Studies Program and has written four books on food and agriculture, including Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. His popular writing on the ethical and environmental implications of a meat-based diet has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Forbes, and elsewhere. He blogs regularly at and Currently, he's writing a book on the intellectual origins of animal factory farming in the U.S.

Erica MeierErica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate campaigns, public outreach, and other advocacy programs. COK's accomplishments include successfully campaigning to end the egg industry's use of the misleading "Animal Care Certified" logo, persuading BOCA Foods to stop using eggs in all of its products, and airing 30-second pro-vegetarian commercials on MTV, Animal Planet, and Comedy Central stations nationwide.

Noam MohrNoam Mohr, Ph.D., is a physicist with degrees from Yale and Penn State. He has published reports on global warming and animal agriculture with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, EarthSave International, and other organizations. A number of Dr. Mohr’s reports on climate change, including “Flirting With Disaster,” “Pumping Up the Price,” “Storm Warning,” and “A New Global Warming Strategy,” have been widely covered in the media, and he has appeared numerous  times on television, in film and on the radio. He has written  regulatory standards for U.S. and foreign governments, consulted for major international corporations, and run successful  lobbying campaigns to enact state laws. Dr. Mohr also serves as Vice President of Jewish Vegetarians.

Dawn MoncrieffeDawn Moncrieffe is founder and director of A Well-Fed World, a D.C.-based food justice and animal protection organization that distributes food to those in need, strengthens coalitions with other social justice groups, and provides global grants to feed families and save animals. Moncrieffe holds Master’s degrees in International Relations and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. Her thesis, Rethinking Meat – Recentering Global Hunger Paradigms, kick-started her 10-year career demonstrating the connections between the (over)consumption of meat, the expansion of factory farming, and the high prices of food and energy that thwart meaningful hunger solutions.

Dawn MoncrieffeCongressman Jim Moran is currently serving his eleventh term as U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District. A senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moran serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment and also serves on the Defense and Military Construction Subcommittees. Throughout his two decades of service in the House of Representatives, Congressman Moran has demonstrated vigorous leadership in support of regional transportation solutions, the environment, women's issues, technology, fair and open trade, and fiscal discipline. Reflective of his commitment to the environment, Congressman Moran has advocated reducing harmful emissions from this region's antiquated coal-fired power plants, protecting green space and green infrastructure and restoring local streams to a more natural state. He continues to receive some of the highest ratings from the League of Conservation Voters and organizations committed to animal protection, gun control and human rights.

Victoria MoranVictoria Moran has been named one of the Top 10 Vegetarian Authors by VegNews. Moran, a motivational speaker and holistic health counselor, has also appeared twice on “Oprah!” She has maintained a 60-pound weight loss on a vegan diet for over 25 years, and her adult daughter, Adair, is a lifelong vegan. Moran’s books include The Love-Powered Diet, Creating a Charmed Life, and, coming in 2012, The Vegan Life. She blogs for the Huffington Post and hosts the “Veg and the City” show on radio.

Jim MotavalliJim Motavalli writes on environmental topics for, among other outlets, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Foreign Policy, Mother Nature Network, The Daily Green, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author or editor of eight books, including Green Living, Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Climate Change, and Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery. His book on electric cars, High Voltage, will be published by Rodale in October. He is also a senior writer for E/The Environmental Magazine and a contributor to Audubon magazine, Success magazine, and the Environmental Defense Fund publications. Motavalli is a two-time winner of the Global Media Award from the Population Institute and hosts a radio program on WPKN-FM in Connecticut, with frequent live music. He lectures widely on climate, transportation and population issues.

Martha Noble is a Senior Policy Associate for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, D.C. She works on farm bill conservation programs and issues concerning environmental regulation of agricultural operations, as well the impacts on farmers and ranchers of the concentration of livestock and poultry processing in the hands of a few large corporations. Before joining the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Ms. Noble was a Staff Attorney for the National Center for Agricultural Law and an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Arkansas.  She is currently a Vice President of the American Bar Association’s Agricultural Management Committee of the Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. She is also on the Board of the Clean Water Network.  Ms. Noble has a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College.

Wayne PacelleWayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents. During his tenure, Pacelle has nearly doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups such as the Fund for Animals and the Doris Day Animal League, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal protection cause. He has led successful efforts to pass hundreds of new state and federal laws to protect animals, expanded HSUS’s animal care operations, and worked with dozens of corporations to enact operational changes that benefit animals. Pacelle is the author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, published in April 2011.  He graduated from Yale University in 1987.

Anteneh Roba, M.D.Anteneh Roba, M.D., is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician who has practiced in Houston, TX, since 1995. Dr. Roba is the president and co-founder of International Fund for Africa (IFA), a Houston-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping both human and non-human animals in Africa. Through his organization, Dr. Roba has worked to improve healthcare for children and to make medical care accessible to the people of rural Ethiopia. Additionally, through IFA he has been promoting the adoption of a plant-based diet across the African continent and supporting vegetarian/vegan organizations in places like Ghana, Togo and Ethiopia. 

Nathan RunkleNathan 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. 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 nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, grassroots activism, and factory farming, Nathan has spoken at colleges, forums, and conferences from coast-to-coast. Through his work with MFA, Nathan has appeared in hundreds of newspaper, television and radio interviews, including ”Nightline,” “ABC World News Tonight,” CNN, and NPR. Nathan has spoken with and worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, professors, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.

Paul ShapiroPaul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to ameliorate the plight of farm animals, including the enactment of farm animal protection laws in multiple states. He has also worked with some of the world's top retailers to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives such as the successful effort to end the use of the misleading "Animal Care Certified" logo on battery cage egg cartons nationwide. Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast and online news sources as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare.

Michele SimonMichele Simon, a public health lawyer, has worked as a food policy advocate since 1996, specializing in legal strategies and food industry tactics. She has published numerous articles about such issues as the National School Lunch Program, the USDA's dietary guidelines, obesity lawsuits, and corporate lobbying. She is the author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, which Library Journal calls an essential purchase and recommends as a follow-up to Fast Food Nation and Food Politics. Also an expert in alcohol policy, for 4.5 years she served as research and policy director for Marin Institute (now Alcohol Justice). Her groundbreaking 2007 report on alcoholic energy drinks led to federal action to ban the dangerous products.

Mike TidwellMike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. He is also an author and filmmaker who predicted in striking detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast. His newest book, focusing on Katrina and global warming, is titled The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s most recent documentary film, “We Are All Smith Islanders,” vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including the Audubon Naturalist Society’s prestigious “Conservation Award.” A long-time resident of Maryland, he lives in Takoma Park with his wife, Beth, and 14-year-old son, Sasha.

Bryan WalshBryan Walsh, senior writer for TIME and focuses on environmental issues, general interest and national stories. He writes the “Going Green” column for TIME and and contributes to’s environmental issues blog, Ecocentric. A former Tokyo bureau chief for TIME, Walsh was named senior writer in April 2011 and is now based in New York. Before his stint in Tokyo, Walsh worked as a Hong Kong-based reporter as well as staff writer for TIME Asia, where he covered a wide range of subjects, focusing on public health, science and the environment. He wrote extensively on the SARS outbreak, reporting from the laboratories of the University of Hong Kong and Prince of Wales Hospital. Additionally, he wrote numerous cover stories for TIME Asia on topics ranging from the rise in global obesity to the threat of Avian Flu. Walsh was awarded a Knight Public Health Journalism Fellowship from the Center for Disease Control Foundation. As part of this fellowship, he attended training at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control during summer 2010. Born and raised in Doylestown, Penn., Walsh is a graduate of Princeton University.

David J. WolfsonDavid J. Wolfson is a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy, where he practices corporate law. He is also a current adjunct professor at NYU School of Law and has previously taught at Harvard, Yale and Columbia law schools. Wolfson played a key role in ballot initiatives to ban certain intensive farming practices and related legislative efforts, and has published in the area of farmed animal law.

Richard WoodRichard Wood is executive director of Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a Chicago-based organization that promotes humane and healthy farms through science-based advocacy, consumer education and support for humane farmers. Rich has led a range of federal advocacy campaigns addressing the negative impacts of factory farming and promoting humane agriculture. He chairs Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW), dedicated to ending the inappropriate use of antibiotics on healthy food animals. He represented consumers in achieving an agreement with the egg industry and FDA on Salmonella controls at egg farms, and he helped lead FACT’s efforts to ban the feeding of poultry litter to cattle. Rich also served on the Codex Alimentairus Committee on Veterinary Drugs U.S. delegation and on the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee. Mr. Wood received Masters in Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

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