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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 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 as a multimedia producer and photo editor. He organizes the ATL Vegan Drinks meetup group and is an active member of the city’s growing vegan community. He and his wife, Emily, live in East Atlanta with their dog, Kali.

Adrienne Lowe
Adrienne Lowe
Treasurer & Talent Coordinator

Adrienne is a longtime vegan and Georgia native who founded a popular vegan blog, Crack the Plates, that introduced many in the Atlanta area to our vegan scene. While she’s no longer writing at Crack the Plates, find her at Coding with Knives. She authored Atlanta’s first comprehensive guide to vegan accommodations and maintains AtlantaVeganGuide.com. 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. They are proud to have headed the top fundraising team in Atlanta at the 2012 Walk for Farm Animals. Visit their website.

Jennifer Spivey
Jennifer Spivey
Board Member & Travel and Accommodations Coordinator

Jennifer was living on a small family farm in New Mexico when she decided to stop eating animals. She was 6. Where did that decision come from? She has been contemplating that question her entire life. Jennifer is an Atlanta real estate consultant and lives in the O4W with her husband, Kirby, and their two cats. Visit her website.

Additional credits: Our logo was crafted by Steph Timms, a vegan graphic designer based in Atlanta.