Chicago - core Organizers

DxE Chicago is the first core chapter in the American Midwest!



“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Kelsey is an activist, musician, poet, nature/animal lover, and soccer player. She has primarily worked in urban forestry for local government bodies since graduating from Oberlin College in 2012 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Politics. Currently, she works as a Quality Care Administrator for a Pathology Lab in Evanston, IL. She’s an activist not only for the animals, but also for climate change, LGBTQ, women’s rights, BLM, and other social justice movements. She lives with Ashton, her furry rescue dog companion and hosts various veg-friendly travelers from around the world in her Chicago apartment.



"An injury to one is an injury to all." (motto for the Industrial Workers of the World)

Eva is an organizer with DxE Chicago, a musician, and a board-certified music therapist. She grew up in Eureka, California and went to college at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy. She works for a nonprofit hospice company, where she uses music to address symptoms of dying patients and their families. She enjoys Chicago's comedy scene and green spaces, and the dog beach is her favorite place on earth. She lives in Chicago with her cat, Coda.



"Do something everyday that scares you." (Mary Schmich)

Araceli a behavioral therapist that cares for children with autism. She is currently a student at Northeastern Illinois University and is studying to become a social worker. She was born in Mexico and her family later moved to California. She loves to travel and help others. She has 2 brothers and 1 sister.



"Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

John graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Economics with minors in Philosophy and in Business. He spends most of his non-activist free time compulsively studying whatever interests him and walking around dog parks with his two dogs Kalani and Sabrina while listening to lectures. He never ate animals in his life and through DxE he awakened his deep passion for animal rights activism that laid latent in him since his infancy.

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Born in raised in Iowa, Matt’s stance for animals has always made him something of an outsider. As a stubborn and compassionate four year old, he stopped eating animals the day he recognized a body on his plate. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008. After going vegan in 2012, he took advantage of the Iowa’s first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary, organizing actions disrupting over ten candidates and reaching tens of millions with a message of animal liberation. The affectionately dubbed “Disruptor-in- Chief” has helped cultivate a powerful, inclusive culture within DxE, empowering many others to push themselves to take bold action. Matt now lives near Chicago, organizing with the DxE chapter there. He plans to eventually move to Berkeley to push the frontier of animal rights policy with DxE and Project Berkeley.