Board of Directors
Marsha Rakestraw - President
I was a co-founder of NW VEG and part of the board for many years, and after a hiatus am proud to have rejoined this group of hard-working and passionate people. Vegetarian since 1989 and vegan since 1998, I’ve spent much of my adult life working for a just, compassionate, healthy world for all. I’m excited to bring the skills and experience I’ve gained through my activist work, my background as an educator, and my 10-years of work for the nonprofit Institute for Humane Education, to empowering and supporting others in making ethical food choices and working to create a healthy and compassionate food system.
Linda Sant'Angelo - Treasurer
Northwest VEG plays a prominent role in providing education and support about a plant based lifestyle to our community in so many exciting ways. The members of this organization continually inspire people to think outside the box. I love being a part of keeping things moving along and I would be happy to continue to serve as treasurer.
Heather Williams - Secretary
I am honored to serve on the board of directors of Northwest VEG. Since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle in 2013 I have been passionate about educating others of the benefits of a plant based diet. My vegan journey began as a quest for improved health, but soon evolved into a complete lifestyle change as I became aware of the multi-faceted impacts of our food choices - for the animals, the planet, and the welfare of other humans. I am proud to be a part of the important work Northwest VEG is doing in our community. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two dogs, hiking in the majestic PNW forests, and volunteering at local farm animal sanctuaries with my husband. You can reach me at email@example.com.
I have been a Northwest VEG board member since 2006, and am also on the board of Vegan Iron Chef. I enjoy being involved with our Master VEG Program, monthly potlucks and tabling events. My dedication and compassion for the movement makes me a valuable addition and I look forward to continuing to promoting all the the benefits of plant based diet. Power to the vegheads!
Since going vegan in 2013 my interest in veganism has only intensified. I am originally from Pennsylvania where I was very involved with the Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society and Erie VegFest until relocating to Portland. I feel there is no good argument against veganism and if everyone knew the unbiased truth we would live in a vegan world. Therefore I enjoy actively promoting a plant based diet and veganism at every opportunity. When not volunteering for Northwest VEG, my wife and I enjoy volunteering at local farm sanctuaries. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaclyn Leeds - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A native of New Hampshire, I moved to Portland in 2010 to study animal protection law and fell in love with Oregon. The work that Northwest VEG undertakes in providing educational resources and sharing the many benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, as well as in building community in the Pacific Northwest, feels like a natural fit for my own passion. In addition to advocating on behalf of human and non-human animals and the planet, I enjoy hiking with my rescue dog Ebony and teaching yoga. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events, and I welcome your ideas as we continue to grow and thrive. You can reach me at email@example.com.
wendi anderson - volunteer & outreach coordinator
I am excited to be working with the Northwest VEG team as Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator. I love that this job gives me the opportunity to combine my professional skills with my passion for creating meaningful change in the world. When I'm not wearing my non-profit hat, I'm usually at home honing recipes, making art, or coaxing vegetables to grow.
Board Meetings & Documents
Each month, usually at 10am on the second Saturday, the Northwest VEG board of directors and employees meets to discuss various issues including membership, volunteering, finances, communications, publicity, event planning, and social activities. Members are welcome to attend these meetings and participate in the discussions. However, if there are items that need to be decided by voting, only board members may vote. If you are interested in attending, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may request to view the board minutes in-brief by emailing email@example.com.