Our All-Volunteer Leadership Council is made up of WFAR Members:
Nicole Brodeur is a producer and angel investor based in Portland, Oregon. She serves on the boards of Ars Nova, the Portland Area CSA Coalition, Story Pirates Inc. and One Tail at a Time Portland. In addition to her role as a trustee of the Awesome Foundation Portland and Vegan chapters, she is the Co-Chancellor of the Institute of Higher Awesome Studies and manages the Payne-Brodeur Giving Fund, which supports a variety of non-profit causes. As one of the first employees at the Story Pirates, she created their producing department before serving as the Development Director for their flagship Story Pirates Changemakers programs. She left her staff role there in June of 2018 and joined the Board of Directors. Her favorite animal is the moose.
Alex Bury has been a professional fundraiser for 15 years. She’s worked at PETA, The Foundation to Support Animal Protection, and The Humane Society of the United States as well as consulting for several animal rights groups. Today Alex is the Vice President of Development at Vegan Outreach and on the board of the new nonprofit Changing The Streets. She lives in Davis, CA with her husband Jack Norris, Richard the turtle, and Zoey the dog.
Jennifer Channin has been a consultant, development director, and program manager for more than a dozen nonprofit and faith-based organizations. She is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and earned her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Jennifer currently works for two nonprofits: Farm Forward (an anti-factory-farming advocacy organization) and The Better Food Foundation (an organization promoting plant-based dietary change). She lives in San Diego with her partner, Aaron, and their dog, Fletcher.
Caroline Love is an advisor and growth consultant working with plant-based food companies, and venture capital funds investing in food. She specializes in areas of guidance from product conception, writing business plans, fundraising and go-to-market strategies, retail and food services sales, operational and supply chain build-out, large-scale machinery purchases, communications and marketing, hiring and HR. She is an early entrepreneur in the Future of Food industry and 20-year vegan, focused on disruption of systems harming animals, people, and planet. A passionate “big problem” solver through sustainable and profitable business, Caroline has repeated success of propelling small food companies to the next level with her visionary leadership, strong communication skills, and financial acumen. Caroline also sits on the board of The Game Changers documentary, executive produced by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and other plant-powered athletes. Previously, Caroline was an early employee at Hampton Creek (JUST) helping build the company for five years as Vice President of Operations and leading the retail sales team. Prior to the food world, Caroline was a journalist working in television news as an anchor and investigative reporter.
Rachel Perman is the Director of Charitable Giving at The Tofurky Company and a board member of the Tofurky Family Foundation. A lifelong love of animals led her to first volunteer and then work at the Seattle Humane Society managing the foster and cat programs before moving to Hood River, Oregon to become part of the Tofurky empire. Rachel lives with her two sons (Max and James), two cats (Johnson and Andy) and the occasional foster animal. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, and disrupting the patriarchy.
Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Impact and a Managing Partner of two early-stage venture funds. She was previously a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation for more than a decade (www.kauffman.org). Alicia received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked as an economist with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Office of Economic Research in the SBA. She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing and Investing Strategies for Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs published by Stanford University Press, as well as Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press. She is an active angel investor, a limited partner in three early-stage venture funds, a mentor to various young firms, and an advisory board member for several groups, including the Deming Center Venture Fund and the Good Food Institute.