Global steering committee

 

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Wayne

"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.


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Priya

“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.


ALMIRA

"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.