Matthew started his professional career as a union carpenter and in 1985 he founded Ver-Tex CSI, a Boston-based construction company. While currently operating as the president and CEO of Ver-Tex, he devotes considerable time advocating on behalf of animals. Matthew has been on the VegFund board since 2009, and he is using his entrepreneurial talents to help create more vegan food options in the Boston area. He was a co-founder of Peace o' Pie, an all vegan gourmet pizzeria. He also toured North America as a member of the documentary film crew for "I'm Vegan." He partnered with Mercy for Animals to launch a successful campaign on Boston's public transit system. Matthew is a proud father and is a regular volunteer at a school in a poor section of Rio de Janerio.
Miguel is an intellectual property attorney, entrepreneur, and long-time vegan with roots in Boston and the Midwest. Miguel co-founded the gourmet vegan pizzeria, Peace o' Pie, and was president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund while a student at Harvard Law School. Today he represents a multitude of successful technology clients across the country, as well as the occasional vegan food company and non-profit animal sanctuary.back to top
Jody heads the Social Performance Group at Moody’s Corporation working on projects including microfinance and social investing. He also serves on various advisory boards including the Global Impact Investing Rating Service (GIIRS), Women’s World Banking’s Gender Performance Initiative, the SMART Campaign’s Certification Task Force and Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Advisory Committee. Prior to this, Jody worked at Moody’s Risk Management Services as part of the training group heading up product training for derivatives and corporate finance and as project manager for RiskCalc a corporate risk modeling product. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2002, Jody owned, for 15 years, a training company that conducted financial training programs for international commercial and investment banks. He also headed the New York derivatives sales desk of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and has worked in the corporate treasury departments of two Fortune 500 companies. Jody has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA in Finance from New York University. In addition to VegFund, Jody serves on the board of Battery Dance Company. Jody is a long-time vegan and animal advocate.
Barbara has a degree in business administration and is a longtime vegan. She has managed a deli, given vegan cooking classes, and co-founded the first animal rights organization in Brevard County. Barbara was also president of the Board of Directors of a local community health food store. She resides in Melbourne, FL and is currently Dining Out Coordinator for Healthy Planet of Brevard, organizing vegan dinners with local restaurants throughout the county.back to top
Ginny is a dietitian, animal advocate and long-time vegan. She is the author of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her, as well as author of the first textbook on vegetarian nutrition for health professionals and students. She writes about vegan nutrition on her blog, The Vegan RD, is a frequent speaker at both vegan events and scientific conferences, and has published papers on vegetarian and soy nutrition in medical journals. Ginny taught nutrition to dietetics students at Central Michigan University, was a dietitian for PCRM, and was director of nutrition services for a large medical center in Washington, DC. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington with her husband and an ever-changing population of rescued cats. When she’s not researching and writing about vegan nutrition, Ginny volunteers for her local animal shelter and spay/neuter group, practices piano, gardens, collects vintage kitchen linens and is learning to knit with plant fibers.back to top
Leslie has extensive governance and senior management leadership experience in nonprofit and private enterprises around the world, having worked with organizations from start-up through transition and growth stages. Her professional exposure spans more than 40 countries and includes work in animal rights and welfare, biodiversity conservation, higher learning and adult education, microfinance, financial education, behavior change, organizational capacity building, international economic development and corporate, retail and small business banking. Informed by her breadth of experience, Leslie’s professional philosophy is that innovative business models, products and services, and creative approaches for appealing to human reason and compassion, can bring into being a kind, healthy and generous world for people, animals and the environment.
Leslie is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and has a master’s degree in international economic development from American University. She serves on the Investment Committee of Verde Ventures at Conservation International, is a Board Member of Humane Society International and is an annual selection committee panelist for the Fulbright Programs’ Humphrey Fellows.back to top
For over two decades, Matt has been a globally-recognized authority on animal advocacy, factory farming, vegetarian diets, and applied ethics. Matt co-founded Vegan Outreach and served as the group’s Executive Director for more than 20 years. Matt’s vision and experience built the organization into a leading animal advocacy charity, with many thousands of active members around the world. Matt has presented at and written for diverse forums over the past two decades, and he is the author of many essays and several books, including: The Animal Activist’s Handbook (2007) and The Accidental Activist (2014). In 2005, he was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame.
Before working full-time for the animals, Matt was a Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, while working on a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to that, Matt was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow, during which time he earned an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in the Department of Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Matt lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Anne Green, Director of Operations for Our Hen House. Their daughter Ellen, a lifelong vegan, attends Pomona College in Claremont, CA.back to top
Visual Media and Technology Director
Prior to settling in the Bay Area to work on behalf of animals, Adam co-founded a successful web development firm in the Midwest. Taking advantage of his business experience and MBA, he advises multiple startups, helping with various strategic and marketing goals. As a departure from his mostly digital focus, Adam started the compassionate postcard project "Animal Writes." In addition to volunteering with multiple organizations, he devotes much of his time to rescuing injured animals and assisting with community emergency planning projects.back to top
Amanda has a B.A. in psychology and has been an animal advocate since 2009. She has tabled, helped out with events, and ran a campus vegetarian group. Most recently, she spent three weeks on Warped Tour helping Action for Animals promote veganism, and she is currently assisting with the Our Hen House website. Amanda lives in the New York City area and enjoys music and reading, in addition to lots of vegan potlucks and events.back to top