Meet the Teams

There are many different teams at PETA whose members are excited to help you get active for animals—or up your activism game! Whether you are looking to plan a protest or are a student interested in informing your peers about animal rights issues, there’s someone who can help you make that happen. Check out the teams below to see which one can best help you:

  • Grassroots Protest Team

    Need help planning a protest? Grassroots protest coordinators support activist-led demonstrations and engage with activists on PETA campaigns. Click here to see who the grassroots protest coordinator is for your region, and contact them to learn where you can join (or lead) a protest today.


    Matthew Braun

    Senior Grassroots Protest Coordinator
    [email protected]
    I went vegan to win a bet in 2006, and I never would have imagined the impact that it would have on my life. After winning the bet, I decided to stay vegan, because I felt so much better. As I learned more about cruelty to animals used in experiments and for food, fashion, and entertainment, I increasingly felt the need to share this information with others, so I started leafleting and attending protests.

    I worked as an eyewitness investigator in a chicken slaughterhouse before landing an internship with PETA that involved traveling around the country to spread the animal rights message to people at concerts, parks, and YMCAs as well as outside animal circuses. After traveling for two years, I became a grassroots protest coordinator. I relocated to Los Angeles, and now, I get to work with dedicated and compassionate activists on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada by helping them plan protests for animal rights!


    José Rodriguez

    Grassroots Protest Coordinator
    [email protected]
    I first heard about PETA as a teenager at a Warped Tour, and I remember receiving a ton of information, including the “Guide to Going Vegan.” Soon afterward, I went vegan and knew that I wanted to get active for animals and help other people go vegan. I joined PETA’s Action Team and became an enthusiastic member of the animal rights community, participating in many protests, demonstrations, tabling events, leafleting efforts, and potlucks—eventually getting a job at PETA. Now, I work to help other activists on the East Coast of the U.S., in Mexico, and in Puerto Rico feel supported and empowered when holding their own protests.

    When I’m not supporting activists, I’m out eating tons of delicious vegan foods, traveling, watching movies, listening to the latest pop music, and hanging out with family and friends.


    Samuel Pons

    Grassroots Protest Coordinator
    [email protected]
    I went vegan after talking with a colleague in my university’s philosophy department while pursuing my master’s degree. When asked why I felt entitled to pay others to kill animals on my behalf, all I had to say was, “I’ve been doing it all my life.” So I changed my ways, but I also came to recognize that no one is immune to bad reasoning, especially people who’ve been conditioned to believe that violence against animals is normal and acceptable. This realization has helped me maintain compassion and patience toward those who haven’t made the switch.

    I went on to research and write on the (ir)relevance of species on moral status and to organize and participate in a variety of forms of animal activism. I’m proud to work at PETA and use the experience that I’ve gained to help and learn from activists all across North America.


    ERIKA WILKINSON

    Grassroots Protest Coordinator
    [email protected]
    As a grassroots protest coordinator, I have the privilege of being a grassroots activist while helping others organize compelling and strategic protests all over the U.S. When I was a toddler, I made the connection that animals are just like us as I watched fish being dragged out of their homes by a hook. I stopped eating all animals when I was 7 years old and found out that “meat” comes from animals. Ten years later, I realized that eating eggs and dairy, wearing wool, and petting dolphins at aquariums harms animals, too. When I found out all the ways humans abuse animals, I was heartbroken and knew that I had to speak up for them. I went vegan and dove into activism right away. Organizing my own protests for PETA has become my biggest passion!

    When I’m not protesting or helping others protest, I enjoy hanging out with my dog, Luna; visiting my favorite sanctuary and cuddling my chicken friends; dancing; and obsessing over Harry Potter.

  • Action Team

    Want to spread the word about animal rights? Contact the Action Team for free leaflets and stickers to pass out or to set up an animal rights information table at a large event. Get ideas on ways to get more active for animals at home, at work, and in your community.

    Bob Galvin

    Assistant Action Team Coordinator
    [email protected]
    I’m so excited and grateful to be working as an assistant Action Team coordinator here at PETA, where I help mentor people new to the vegan lifestyle and support animal activists to increase grassroots activism all over the U.S. I went vegetarian in 2013 after absentmindedly killing an ant on the wall of my room and thinking about why I had done so. I concluded that it was unethical to kill another living being if I didn’t have to, and in 2015, I went vegan to extend that commitment to compassion.

    Before working at PETA, I conducted research on wild-bird populations across the U.S., and I’m currently finishing my master’s degree in biology at William & Mary. In my spare time, I like to hike, bird-watch, see live music, eat delicious vegan food, and go for long walks with my significant other, Caroline, and rescued pup, Tots.


    Casey Kern

    Action Team Manager
    [email protected]
    My hometown of Pittsburgh, the “City of Bridges,” will always be near to my heart, but after earning my bachelor’s degree and working as a corporate industrial designer, I moved to sunny Southern California. I first got involved with PETA as an Action Team volunteer, attending demonstrations and helping to get animal rights legislation passed. Fast forward a few years—and now, I manage the Action Team.

    My most memorable New Year’s resolution was going vegan in 2012 after discovering Earthlings. In 90 minutes, this exposé transformed my relationship with animals and gave me a new purpose in life: to work toward ending speciesism. For fun, I like to check out music shows and festivals, hike the trails with my family members (both two- and four-legged), play volleyball, and go skiing.


    ELLEN COCHÉE

    Assistant Action Team Coordinator
    [email protected]
    I am thrilled to be able to channel my passion for animal rights advocacy into my role as an assistant Action Team coordinator at PETA, where I help people make compassionate choices for animals and work with grassroots activists to amplify the message that animals are not ours to use in any way.

    I’m originally from the U.S., but I was raised in England. I moved back to the U.S. in 2018, and since then, I have dived deep into grassroots activism and learned a great deal from inspiring advocates of animal liberation.

    Since adopting a vegan philosophy and lifestyle, I have become a big foodie, and I enjoy exploring the many great vegan restaurants around Los Angeles. I also like to get outdoors to hike, roller-skate, and enjoy the Southern California sunshine.


    Scott Cator

    Action Team Coordinator
    [email protected]
    As an Action Team coordinator here at PETA, I work to empower activists to speak out for animals, help others go vegan with our Vegan Mentor Program, and organize local outreach events in Washington, D.C. My journey into animal rights started over 15 years ago in Syracuse, New York, where I learned about animal suffering from friends who were tabling at local hardcore shows. Before joining PETA, I traveled to Asia and Central America to help marine life and lived among the orcas on San Juan Island in Washington state.

    When I’m away from the office, I love cheering on the Detroit Lions and Tigers, scuba diving, listening to far too much Bruce Springsteen, and hanging with my dog, Beebee, who was rescued by PETA’s Community Animal Project.

  • Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) Team

    Are you a between the ages of 13 and 24 and interested in animal rights activism? The members of our Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) Team are here to assist young people across the U.S. and Canada who want to take action to challenge the norm and help end speciesism through the SOS movement. Need help with an animal rights school project? Want to end animal dissection at your school? Need to know how to hold a protest in your city? The SOS advisers can help you with all these and many other things related to animal rights! E-mail us at [email protected].

    Bridget Dillon

    Manager of Student Organizing
    [email protected]
    My life pretty much revolves around eating vegan food, drinking coffee, going to see live music, hanging with my animal companions, traveling, riding motorcycles, reading, and speaking up for the rights of all living beings. I first got involved with PETA as a tour crew intern. Touring with PETA was life-changing! I traveled to college campuses across the country in order to set up an exhibit focusing on the life of a chicken used for food. Throughout that seven-month internship, I was able to talk with thousands of people about going vegan and taking action for animals every day. Long story short, I applied to work in PETA’s Los Angeles office and now I’m working full-time behind the scenes on the SOS program overseeing some of our fabulous staff advisers, who are focused on inspiring and assisting young activists to lead hubs throughout the country that are working for animal rights and ending speciesism.

     


    Bryn Smernoff

    Social Media Campaign Strategist, Student Organizing
    [email protected]
    Before being hired full-time, I worked as a PETA campus representative at my university, informing students and faculty about animal rights. Now, I work as a strategist to help other student activists make positive changes for animals at their schools and in their communities. For me, empowering activists is such an exciting opportunity because of all the progress taking place right now in the animal rights movement. In my free time, you can find me running, reading, or painting with watercolors. I also love spending time with my cats, Marri and Apollo!


    Caroline Gardner

    Manager of Live Events
    [email protected]
    My journey with PETA began on the road with the youth outreach program’s tour crew. For a few years, I traveled full-time to bring animal rights to music venues, convention halls, and college campuses in cities across the U.S. and Canada. After that, I worked out of PETA’s Los Angeles office, coordinating outreach at concerts and our high school and elementary school educational tours. Now, from the Sam Simon Center (PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia), I oversee our efforts to reach young people both in person and virtually—through shows, festivals, tours, livestreams, and other programs and events.


    Faith Robinson

    SOS Campaign Project Manager, Student Organizing
    [email protected]
    After getting involved in animal rights as a PETA campus rep at Arkansas Tech University, I knew that I wanted to follow my passion for helping animals in a full-time role. As a senior strategist, I work with our SOS Team to help young members and leaders of SOS fight speciesism. It’s so rewarding to work with students who are taking action to make the world a better place for all. In my free time, I love to watch Disney movies, bake vegan cookies, and spend time with my husband, daughter, and adopted pup, Emerson.


     

     

    Marissa Price

    Student Training and Development Program Manager
    [email protected]
    I help run the SOS movement and organize training and events for student activists. I was a PETA campus rep while I attended George Washington University, where I founded GW Animal Advocates, the student animal rights group. I used to work in PETA’s Los Angeles office, and now I work remotely from the Richmond, Virginia, area. When I’m not working to empower activists, you can find me teaching yoga classes, hiking, spending time with my loved ones (both furry and otherwise), and rereading the Harry Potter books.

     


    MICHELLE FEINBERG

    Senior Writer, Student Organizing
    [email protected]
    I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Northern Virginia, where I regularly wore UGG boots and drank Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. After I’d moved back to Los Angeles when I was 25, a stranger came up to me at Whole Foods and told me to go vegan. To that, I said, “OK!” And then I started working at PETA to warn everyone about the abuse that animals endure when humans wear UGG boots and drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which contain dairy). In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, riding my bike, and perusing the local farmer’s market to find houseplants to replace the ones that I’ve yet again failed to sustain.


    RACHELLE OWEN

    Director of Students Opposing Speciesism Program
    [email protected]
    As a kid, my dog, Token, was my best friend. We were inseparable. I’ll never forget the moment I looked into his eyes and realized that he was truly someone. In that moment, I realized the responsibility we have as humans, and later on, I would recognize that responsibility as giving animals the respect and consideration that they deserve.

    I was assigned a high school paper on PETA’s protest tactics. I spent hours watching videos of scared animals circling in cages or cowering in labs. In their eyes, I saw myself. I knew I had to do something. As a mixed woman of color, I care about so many things—ending xenophobia, systemic racism and classism in our society to name a few—and at the core of so many issues we humans face is the “othering” of those different from us, including animals. I’m so inspired every day to see students raising their voices to demand respect for all—regardless of species.


    Sirrus Lawson

    Senior SOS Campaign Coordinator, Student Organizing
    [email protected]
    I got my start working with PETA in 2013, when I was a student at Capital University in Ohio and helped bring the “Glass Walls” exhibit to campus. Since then, I’ve been a campus rep, including having been part of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour crew, and I now work at PETA full-time advising college activists.

    In my spare time, I enjoy hitting up Los Angeles’ awesome beaches, spots for vegan eats, and concerts and hanging out with my adorable kitty, Wesley. I believe that young people, especially, have the power to change this world for the better by adopting a vegan lifestyle, and I’m eager to help them do so any way I can.

  • Campaigners

    Campaigners spearhead specific campaigns and travel around the country propelling our campaigns forward by pressuring targets. They also act as spokespeople for the organization, so you may find them speaking at a city council meeting or on the evening news in your town.

    Amanda Brody

    Campaigner
    [email protected]
    My journey with PETA started when I was a tour administrator driving across the country with “I, Calf,” our virtual reality experience that exposed the tragedies of the dairy industry. Every day was exciting, and I was able to inspire thousands of people to make kind changes in the way they eat, shop, and go about their daily lives in order to help end animals’ suffering. I’m now based in Lake Worth, Florida, and absolutely thrilled to continue this work as a campaigner in PETA’s International Grassroots Campaigns Department traveling across the country for demonstrations for animal rights issues. When I’m not working, I’m usually exploring new places—local or far away—enjoying a concert; cuddling with my cat, Jerry; or spending time with my favorite humans.


    Ashley Byrne

    Associate Director
    [email protected]
    As an associate director in PETA’s Campaigns Department, I travel across the country and around the world to take part in demonstrations that inform the public about animal rights. I went vegan in high school after I realized that the chickens, pigs, and other animals on my plate had been just as intelligent and sensitive as the cats and dogs who were members of my family. Now, I have a dog named Pogue and a cat named Princess Meesh—both adopted and both delightful. My work with PETA keeps me very busy, but I still find time for lots of reading, writing, whipping up vegan desserts for my friends, hiking, learning to surf, and gardening. (I like to eat plants and grow them, too!)


    LUIS CORREAL

    Assistant Campaigner
    [email protected]
    Growing up, I always considered myself an animal lover, someone who was kind to animals and cared deeply about their well-being. Later in life, I realized that I was hurting animals with my day-to-day choices of food, clothing, and entertainment. I went vegan when I realized that my actions were out of alignment with my values of nonviolence toward all beings. Now I am a full-time animal rights activist, do activism outside of work when I can, and have a vegan business with my sister. We sell authentic Colombian vegan food at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. I’m also a yoga instructor, and I’m working toward becoming a certified health coach by the summer of 2021.


    Katerina Davidovich

    Campaigner
    [email protected]
    I’ve been a campaigner since 2015, but my passion for animal rights began when I went vegan four years earlier. Whether I’m passing out vegan sandwiches to teachers on strike, disrupting fashion conferences to speak out against the fur industry, or getting arrested while protesting SeaWorld at the Rose Parade, I’m proud to do whatever it takes to support PETA’s lifesaving work for animals. When I’m not organizing protests, I can be found riding my bicycle around Los Angeles, reading anything that I can get my hands on, going to concerts, and snuggling with my rescued cats, Simon and Mazzy.


    Marley Delgado

    Campaigner
    [email protected]
    I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work in animal rights. It’s extremely hard to think about all the animal suffering in our world, but I work alongside some of the most passionate, dedicated people, who work determinedly for animal liberation. I love traveling to different demos and sparking conversations about animal rights while meeting hardworking activists across the country. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking around the beautiful Pacific Northwest, volunteering at nearby animal sanctuaries, and going to concerts. I’m also a huge foodie! Thankfully, there are tons of great vegan restaurants in Portland, Oregon, where I live.


    JONATHAN HORN

    Campaigner
    [email protected]
    Before working for PETA, I was working in finance while volunteering for multiple animal rights organizations. After deliberating what truly mattered most to me in life, I decided I wanted to spend my life fighting for the most vulnerable on our planet and applied to be a campaigner for PETA. I am thrilled to have a dynamic job that gives me the opportunity to travel all over the country to lead captivating demonstrations that catch the attention of the media and passersby to deliver our important message of animal liberation. I am motivated to fight harder for animals, not only by the hard work and dedication of my coworkers but also by the hundreds of selfless activists I meet in cities all over the country. Each one of them inspires me! When not working, I enjoy hiking, traveling, meditating, playing music, and fighting for other social justice causes.


    Tricia Lebkuecher

    Demo Campaigns Assistant Manager
    [email protected]
    I have the best job ever! I travel around the country organizing elaborate demonstrations to spread animal rights messages and get media attention for our cause. I’ve been bodypainted as an orca to protest SeaWorld, thrown veggie burgers at an effigy of Ronald McDonald, been escorted out of the World Dairy Expo by police while dressed as a “vegan revolutionary,” and protested Chrysler’s sponsorship of the deadly Iditarod dog race—a demonstration that led to one brave activist getting handcuffed while wearing a dog costume.

    My travels take me across the country, from Florida to New York to Arizona to Alaska, and I’ve met thousands of impressive activists dedicated to fighting for total animal liberation. I believe that we each have a moral obligation to bring animal rights to the dinner table (quite literally!) and raise awareness of the billions of animals suffering and dying at human hands. I’m proud to be part of the largest, most successful animal rights organization in the world. I ♥ PETA!


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