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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

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About Brighter Green

Advisory Board

Anna Lappé
Anna is a public speaker, author, and advocate for better access to local, climate-friendly food. She co-founded the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé.

Frances Moore Lappé
Frances is a noted author, activist, and environmentalist. She founded the Oakland-based non-profit Food First: The Institute for Food & Development Policy, as well as the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.

Jim Mason
Jim is a writer and attorney. He is the author of “An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction of Nature” and co-authored “The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter” with philosopher Peter Singer, among other works.

In Memoriam: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)
Professor Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, founder of The Green Belt Movement.

Executive Director

Mia MacDonald

Mia MacDonald is the executive director and founder of Brighter Green, based in New York. MacDonald is a public policy analyst and writer who has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations; including the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, the Sierra Club, and Save the Children as well as several United Nations agencies, among others—on issues of environment, gender, sustainable development, women’s rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She has published many articles in popular and environmental media, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and has contributed to four books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s best-selling autobiography, Unbowed. She is a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and has taught in the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the environmental studies program at New York University. She has served on the board of Farm Sanctuary and Food Empowerment Project. She currently chairs the board of the Green Belt Movement International - North America. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. with honors from Columbia University.
Blogs by Mia MacDonald


Sangamithra Iyer
Sangamithra Iyer is a writer and a licensed professional civil engineer who holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Cooper Union, a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. She served as the Assistant Editor of Satya magazine and a co-producer of the Women’s Collective monthly radio program on the Pacifica Station WBAI. She has volunteered at primate rescue and rehabilitation sanctuaries in the U.S. and in Africa. Her writing explores issues related to animals, agriculture, and social and environmental justice. Selections of her work can be seen at Satya magazine, n+1, Hippocampus Magazine, Local Knowledge and Our Hen House. Her essays have been anthologized in Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice (University of Illinois Press) and Primate People: Saving Nonhuman Primates through Education, Advocacy and Sanctuary (University of Utah Press). She is the co-author of two Brighter Green policy papers, "Skillful Means: The Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming," (PDF) and "Veg or Non-Veg? India at the Crossroads" (PDF). In 2014, she authored a short ebook, "The Lines We Draw" regarding the use of chimpanzees in research. Sangu is interested in tracking the global rise of meat, egg, and dairy consumption and its environmental and social implications. She currently works in public service on watershed protection and water supply infrastructure.
Blogs by Sangamithra Iyer

Simone de Lima
Simone G. de Lima is a biologist and Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil. With a background in activism for democracy, inclusive education, human and animal rights and the environment, she founded and is the director of ProAnima, (Associação Protetora dos Animais do DF - The Association for the Protection of Animals of the Federal District). At the Universidade de Brasília she teaches and develops projects related to the inclusion of children with atypical development and has collaborated with CDS (Center for Sustainable Development) on Human-Animal interaction themes. In addition to collaborating with Brighter Green, Simone worked with a number of non-profit and community initiatives in the U.S. while living for three years in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Tacoma Time Bank and the Washington Animal Rescue League.
Videos narrated by Simone de Lima

Eve Feng
After graduating from Bournemouth University in the U.K. with a Master’s degree in Film and Broadcast Management, Eve Feng became a professional camerawoman and producer for environmental and animal welfare-related television programs. Her enthusiasm for preserving the environment led her to become more involved in the issues and to explore how best to communicate them. She made a natural transition to media and communications consultant for a number of international organizations, businesses, and conferences. These include the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai Suerte International, PETA, the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and the "Forks Over Knives" documentary production team, among others. Eve worked on various media events at United Nations Climate Change Summits in 2009 (COP 15) and 2011 (COP 17), including with Brighter Green, with a particular focus on the impacts the livestock industry has on global warming and sustainable development. Eve’s passion is creating awareness about the urgency of climate change as well as bringing together businesses, organizations, and grassroots groups and individuals from different backgrounds to work on issues of environmental protection, ethics, and equity. Eve splits her time between her home country, China, and the U.K.
Blogs by Eve Feng

Wanqing Zhou
Wanqing Zhou is a Research Intern at Worldwatch Institute, where her studies touch on climate change, energy, and food systems. She is also an International Assistant with the Alliance to Save Energy, where her work focuses on the Climate & Gender issue in Southeast Asia, and U.S.-China sustainable development exchange. Being vegan since 2009, she believes in the power of love that humans have for nature, and the brighter balance this love can lead to. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and Ecology from the University of Hong Kong in 2011, and recently received her Master’s degree in Climate & Society from Columbia University. She also worked on freshwater conservation and public education at the World Wide Fund for Nature China Programme Office, as well as an internship at China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, where she participated in the pre-study of the emission trading scheme pilot in Beijing. In the summer of 2014, Wanqing toured multiple cities in China and shared Brighter Green’s documentary film, WHAT’S FOR DINNER? with Chinese and international audiences.
Blogs by Wanqing Zhou

Program Associates

Lauren Berger
Lauren Berger is a Program Associate at Brighter Green where she helps implement programmatic and project goals. She was formerly a Program Intern for the East African Girls’ Leadership Initiative during the fall of 2012. She graduated with distinction from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2011, with a BA in English. Prior to working at Brighter Green, she spent two summers teaching at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in Tamil Nadu, India and taught at the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy. She is also the Communications and Operations Coordinator for the U.S. Office of the Green Belt Movement. She is interested in the intersection between women’s rights, human rights, and climate change in the developing world.
Blogs by Lauren Berger

Caroline Wimberly
Caroline Wimberly is a Program Associate at Brighter Green.  She began her work at Brighter Green as an intern in February 2011. She graduated from Duke University in 2007 with an AB in Art History and minors in Psychology and Religion. She moved to New York City in 2008 to attend the French Culinary Institute, not only to strengthen her culinary skills, but also to learn about the food industry. She also worked for a year as the event planner at Artisanal Bistro. While she (mostly) enjoyed working in the restaurant industry, she is devoted to animal welfare issues, as well as sustainable agricultural practices and fair food pricing. She also dabbles in green home renovations and interior design. She hopes to encourage more people to adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet, as well as educate people about the animal agriculture industry.
Blogs by Caroline Wimberly

Former Associates

Ross Miranti
Justine Simon
Stella Zhou


Jessika Ava

Jessika Ava has been involved with animal rights advocacy for several years. With a background in biology, she has recently switched her career path in wildlife conservation to join forces with others working for the plight of farmed animals. Her main interest lies in the globalization of intensive animal agriculture and her experience spans the U.S., India, and Nepal, where she did work with Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations and Street Dog Care. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is currently working on her Master in Public Administration specializing in Nonprofit Management at Portland State University. She shares her home with a much-loved, 3-legged dog.
Blogs by Jessika Ava

Previous Interns

Alessandra Seiter
Elana Sulakshana
Judy Bankman
Suzanne Lipton
Julie Ojiambo
Vidushi Sharma
Roz Palmer
Alli Tamboline
Vikas Desai
Rachael Helschein
Hannah Foster
Claudel Leveille
Piyali Syam
Jesse Carollo
Whitney Hoot