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Rose Aguilar

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call on KALW since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001. Rose has written for Al Jazeera English, Truthout, The Nation, and AlterNet. She’s currently working on a book about older women activists and a new radio show focusing on investigative journalism. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and mentor-editor for The OpEd Project, an organization that works to increase the range of voices we hear in the media.

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David Yeung

David Yeung is the co-founder of Green Monday, a social venture founded in 2012 in Hong Kong that aims to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low‐carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable. Its innovative platform, which consists of public advocacy, impact investing, corporate consulting, and specialized retail, provides holistic and versatile solutions that empower corporations, academic institutions and general public. Under Green Monday Mr. Yeung launched “Green Common” – world’s first plant-based green living emporium – to introduce Food 2.0 and a revolutionized food mindset through empowering the community with sustainable, innovative, wholesome and responsible food choices.

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David Carter aka The 300lb Vegan

David Carter, a UCLA grad, was drafted into the NFL in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals. Over the past five seasons he has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears. In his third season after being released from the Cowboys the physicality of the sport started taking a toll on his body. Looking for answers on how to heal his injuries David sat down to watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” It was then he decided surprise his vegan wife on Valentines Day with the promise to switch to a compassionate lifestyle overnight. David is now more famously known as The 300 Pound Vegan and is using his platform to be a voice for animals, the planet, and a healthy lifestyle and inspire change everywhere. He is now an international public speaker, humane educator, diversity and community expansion specialist for the non-profit organization Vegan Outreach, and an animal rights activist.

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Ruby Roth

Featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, Today, and other major media outlets, Ruby Roth is an artist and the world’s leading author and illustrator of vegan and vegetarian books for children.

Vegan since 2003, Roth was teaching art at an elementary school when her students’ fascination with her eating habits inspired her to write That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals in 2009—the first book of its kind in children’s literature. Vegan Is Love and V Is for Vegan soon followed. Her newest title, The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids is designed to get all kids into the kitchen to chop, sprinkle, mix, mash, and roll their way into healthy eating habits. Roth’s books have been translated into multiple languages.

Roth has received international attention for her sensitive, yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Complementing her degrees in art and American Studies, she has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for over a decade.

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Milena Esherick

Dr. Milena Esherick is Senior Advisor to The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit organization that is focused on promoting plant-based and cultured alternatives to animal agriculture. She is also a clinical psychologist and Director of Counseling Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. For over fifteen years she has worked in a variety of community and medical settings helping people achieve healthy eating and lifestyle changes. More recently, she has partnered with Oakland Veg, the Humane Society of the United States, and The Good Food Institute to help promote the wide-ranging benefits of a plant-strong diet for the environment, animals, and our health. She is a passionate community organizer and advocate for a better food system. You can follow her on Twitter @Milena.Esherick.

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Seba Johnson

Seba Johnson, a vegan since birth, was only 14 when she competed in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, making her both the youngest Alpine skier in Olympic history as well as the first black female skier in Olympic history. She participated again in the 1992 Olympics in France, but in 1994, Seba declined to compete in the Lillehammer, Norway games due to the country’s commercial minke whale hunt. Always an advocate for animals, she was once disqualified from a World Cup event for her ethical objection to wearing a ski suit with a leather patch. 28 years later, Seba gives presentations nationally and internationally at VegFests, animal rights conferences, universities, social justice seminars, and public schools about her activism during and since making history.

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Kristie Middleton

Kristie Middleton is the senior director of food policy for The Humane Society of the United States. She has helped dozens of corporations, hospitals, and other institutions improve the plight of farm animals through humane-minded purchasing programs. Today she oversees the HSUS’ meat reduction efforts. She has worked with some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Detroit Public Schools, and Boston Public Schools, to implement Meatless Monday. Her work has been covered by national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

She completed a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in August 2014. Kristie lives with her husband Mark, a dog and four cats in Oakland, California.