Caroline Wimberly is the China Program Manager 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 has attended COP22 and COP23 on behalf of Brighter Green, leading conversations and facilitating dialogue about animal agriculture’s role in climate change and connecting with partners to build larger momentum for policy action. She has worked on the post-production of our two documentaries, “What’s For Dinner?” and “Six Years On”, as well as other short videos, and has coordinated the China Program since it’s official beginning in 2014. Outside of the office, she dabbles in green home renovations and interior design, impact investing, and local activism. 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
Ariela Yomtovian is a Program Associate at Brighter Green. Her interest in food, sustainability, and health took her to Italy where she graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in 2013. Upon returning to the United States, she completed a Pre-Medical Post Baccalaureate Program at Cleveland State University while working as a Patient Advocate at a Free Clinic in downtown Cleveland. Her interest in food access and education took her to Binghamton, New York where she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in resource development and capacity building for the Food and Health Network of South Central New York. In 2015, she moved to New York City to work in Nutrition and Health Education with Harlem Children’s Zone and joined Brighter Green later that year where she continues to educate and advocate for a more sustainable and healthier food system. When she’s not working, she’s engaged in her Herbal Medicine course, running her weekly women’s Torah study group, and baking yummy bread.
Blogs by Ariela Yomtovian
Miao Jie is a freelance educator and documentarian based in Jiangxi, China. She holds a BA in English from Jinggangshan University in Jiangxi Province. For the past few years she has been working, first as a volunteer and later as an intern, with IFChina Original Studio, a local NGO that aims to collect social memories. Miao joined the What’s For Dinner? Wechat social media campaign at the beginning of 2015 and since has worked extensively on Chinese-English and English-Chinese translation. She leads a vegan lifestyle and is passionate about issues related to the globalization of animal agriculture and how they affect the lives of ordinary citizens.
Natalie Petrulla is a Public Policy and Environmental Studies double major at New York University. Over the course of her years studying both in New York City and Florence, Italy, she has developedinterests in sustainability, climate change, and animal rights. Specifically she is interested in issues related to animal agriculture and its effect on climate change and as a result, she leads a vegan lifestyle. Prior to interning at Brighter Green, she was an intern at the African Rainforest Conservancy.
Blogs by Natalie Petrulla
Ruiqi Xie is an Economics major and Animal Studies minor at New York University from Beijing, China, committed to raising public awareness to issues of animal protection and environmental sustainability in various ways. She is a vegan lifestyle blogger, an animal rescue activist, and a women’s rights activist. Before Brighter Green, she worked on the shark fin campaign for the Roots & Shoots program of the Jane Goodall Institute. She is particularly interested in applying the business model into ethical living initiatives.
Blogs by Ruiqi Xie