San francisco bay - core Organizers

Standards to join the SF Bay Core team +

  • Involvement for at least 6 months
  • Leadership role on DxE working group or project for at least 3 months
  • Commitment to attend every DxE Meetup and Day of Action
  • Participation in DxE Connections as a Senior Connector
  • Commitment to DxE Values
  • Consensus support of current core organisers

As the founding chapter, the San Francisco Bay Area team is the oldest chapter in the Direct Action Everywhere network.



"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.

"The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature." (Cesar Chavez)

Chris has been an activist since high school, when he began marching at labor and immigration rights rallies and volunteering in youth mentoring programs. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Physics, Chris moved to the Bay Area and took an administrative job answering phone calls at a plumbing company. He eventually worked up to being a full-time plumber and now owns a small plumbing company. He still loves to talk about physics, and works for human rights causes. But after a touching moment with a cow named Bernie, he spends much of his free time fighting for animals. He is inspired by his family who fought for farm workers with Cesar Chavez, and by every activist who speaks up when confronted by injustice.



"We are unstoppable, another world is possible" (a common chant)

Kitty is an activist, dedicated volunteer, and famed goofball. Kitty was born in Vermont and has grown up with a lot of companion animals in her life including her beloved pitbull, Wakiya. In high school, Kitty became politically active and was spending more time volunteering and protesting than in school. She currently lives in Berkeley, with a lot of people, and her two cats, the loves of her life, Nikiqua and Bulgogi. At the University of California, Berkeley, Kitty is studying wildlife ecology and Chicano studies.

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"So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love?" (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Adam is a Duke Law graduate and New York attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law. He obtained a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics from the University of Miami. Adam has previously worked in tax consulting at a Big 4 accounting firm. He is an international organizer for the grassroots animal advocacy network Direct Action Everywhere, managing the legal network, the community building network, the blog, and more.



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

In addition to organizing in Vancouver, Almira is a member of the DxE Global Steering Committee and the International Mentoring Network. Almira became a vegetarian at age ten after a friend simply asked, “If you love animals, why do you eat them?” Although she was involved in volunteering and human rights throughout school, it wasn’t until much later and after a short period of time as a vivisector that she found animal activism and committed her life to animal liberation. Almira is passionate about speaking out for animals and is most often seen with a megaphone in hand. In her spare time, Almira works full-time as an Occupational Therapist, coaches gymnastics with Special Olympics, and is a wannabe runner.



"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 filmmaker, 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 currently a 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.