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Atlanta Veg Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support our community and promote the benefits of a vegan and plant-based lifestyle founded in compassion for animals, people and the environment. Learn more about our core team below.

Leigh Saluzzi
Leigh Saluzzi
Executive Director & Director of Vendor Relations

Leigh has been vegan since 2001, and loves to show people how easy veganism can be. After operating a vegan business with her husband and exhibiting at festivals and conferences across the country, she decided to start Atlanta Veg Fest in 2012. Leigh also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta-based non-profit Tommy’s Holiday Fund, and is in the beginning stages of launching a new endeavor called Normalize Vegan, which seeks to encourage the general public to consider veganism a viable lifestyle option.

Brett Roegiers
Brett Roegiers
Chair & Director of Marketing and Communications

After graduating from the University of Florida, Brett moved to Atlanta in 2008 for a job in journalism. He founded the ATL Vegan Drinks meetup group and is an active member of the city’s growing vegan community. He lives in East Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

Adrienne Lowe
Adrienne Lowe
Treasurer, Emcee & Email Marketer

Adrienne is a longtime vegan and Georgia native who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She used to write a blog called Crack the Plates (now defunct) that introduced many in the Atlanta area to our vegan scene. A vegan chef turned developer, she now writes about coding and leadership at Leading with Spoons. Follow her on Twitter.

Seth Pajak and Elena Paulsen
Seth Pajak (Vice Chair) and Elena Paulsen (Secretary)
Volunteer Coordinators

Seth and Elena are the founders of VEGANesp, a vegan lifestyle blog where they share recipe reviews and kitchen mishaps. They work with Georgia Animal Rights and Protection and Friends of Animals, and are regulars at ATL Vegan Drinks. Visit their website.

Jennifer Spivey
Jennifer Spivey
Board Member & Travel and Accommodations Coordinator

When not working on her day job as a commercial real estate consultant or on Atlanta Veg Fest activities, Jennifer can be found volunteering at Furkids Midtown, traveling, or hanging out in her kitchen veganizing traditional New Mexican food. She lives in the O4W with her husband, Kirby, and their two cats. Jennifer has been veg since 1988.