Global steering committee

The Global Steering Committee is currently made of delegates from the Core Chapters.



"Deeds, not words." (Emmeline Pankhurst)

Wayne is a lawyer, writer, and founding organizer for DxE. Wayne, who studied behavioral science at the University of Chicago and MIT, previously served on the faculty at Northwestern School of Law, where he published research with the renowned Harvard scholar Cass Sunstein (author of the best-selling Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness). Wayne has organized for social justice campaigns since 1999, including campaigns against capital punishment and for low-income youth. Aside from being an activist and scholar, Wayne, who grew up in an immigrant family in the Midwest, has worked as a tutor for disadvantaged youth, a counselor at a law school admissions service, and a corporate lawyer for one of the largest law firms in the world. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his two dogs, Lisa and Natalie, and two cats, Joan and Flash.



“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Priya is a social justice activist, proud "Mama Bear" of the DxE community, and (in her day job) organizer for the historic Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Priya was born in Punjab, India to a minority Sikh family, and lived out her early years in a country filled with deprivation and poverty. It was there that she developed an affinity for the underdog, and the fierce independence required of a woman living under oppressive traditional gender norms. As a community organizer for a low-income housing clinic, Priya continues to work on behalf of the disadvantaged during the day. At night, she dons her DxE cape for her second job: passionate defender of the animals. She has two human sisters, and one canine sister, Mimi.

"If we sow seeds of domination and exclusion, we lose intelligence and compassion, and life becomes a burdensome struggle." (Dr. Will Tuttle)

Tiffany is a paralegal, an organizer with DxE Connecticut, and has serious case of wanderlust. Tiffany first became involved with social justice in high school as an active member of an LGBT alliance group. Throughout her life, Tiffany has always had a companion animal by her side, whether it was a rabbit or a fish or a dog or that one time she tried to have a guinea pig, she does not feel complete without an animal in her life. Tiffany likes traveling and has become hooked on audiobooks. She lives in the Hartford area with her dog-baby, Cocoa.



"When we suffer, we suffer as equals" (Phillip Wollen)

Almira got involved in organizing after attending the first annual DxE Forum in 2014. She was instantly inspired and began organizing in her home city of Vancouver. She finally made the leap to move to Berkeley in early 2016 and now spends her time coordinating international chapters and working groups, organizing protests, planning the Forum, managing events at the Berkeley Animal Rights Center, editing videos and drinking coffee. Professionally, she is an occupational therapist.



"Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." (The Talmud)

Zach is a social science researcher, a philosophy and film fan, an organizer with LGBTQ+ Animal Liberationists, and founder of DxE Connecticut. Zach studied in the Honors Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University where he received Yale's prestigious Wrexham Prize for research in the social sciences. Zach is a part-time Research Analyst at Innovations for Poverty Action, where he helps conduct randomized evaluations (the gold standard in social science) of poverty alleviation programs. Before coming to DxE, Zach participated in numerous social justice campaigns and taught in low-income neighborhoods. Zach's path to animal rights activism was lit by an excerpt from "The Lives of Animals" by J.M. Coetzee and he is inspired by the memory of the dog who he grew up with, Vikki.

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