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Inside the Coop

Welcome to Our Hen House! 

Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer

Co-host and Co-founder

Jasmin Singer  is a writer and activist living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough (Penguin Random House’s Berkley, 2016), which tells her story of finding herself through juicing, veganism, and love, as she went from fat to thin and from feeding her emotions to feeding her soul. In 2016, Jasmin was named by The Advocate Magazine as one of “40 Under 40 People to Teach Us About Each Other.” From 2010-2016, Jasmin was the Executive Director for Our Hen House. In September, 2016, Jasmin joined VegNews Magazine as the Senior Editor.

In addition to her work for Our Hen House, which she co-founded in January 2010 with Mariann, Jasmin has written for numerous magazines and online outlets, including The Huffington Post and Mind Body Green, as well as in anthologies including Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat [Lantern, 2013], Running, Eating, Thinking [Lantern, 2014], and Circles of Compassion [Vegan Publishers, 2014]. Along with Mariann, Jasmin was the co-host of the Our Hen House TV Show (a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media) in 2014 and 2015, and remains the cohost of the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast, as well as the Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz ShowHuffPo Live, and can be seen in the documentariesVegucated (for which she was also the Creative Consultant) and The Ghosts in Our Machine. She was named by VegNews as one of twenty standout stars of the animal rights movement. From 2007-2010, Jasmin was the campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary. Her workshops and book talks have been presented at conferences, universities, law schools, bookstores, and VegFests around the globe. Jasmin has been featured in media outlets such as CNNFreakonomics, The Atlantic, and the New York Observer. Prior to her animal activist career, Jasmin was an actor-educator with an AIDS-awareness theatre company. As an actor, she has also performed in (and produced) the show Mortified, and was last seen on stage in the lead role of Exhibit This at the NYC Midtown International Fringe Festival. Email her at jasmin [at] ourhenhouse [dot] org. Follow Jasmin on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Periscope. Visit her website: www.jasminsinger.com.

Mariann Sullivan

Mariann Sullivan

Co-host and Co-founder

Mariann Sullivan is a lawyer and Lecturer in Law, teaching animal law, at Columbia Law School. She found her way into animal law through the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the New York City Bar Association and eventually served as chair of that committee. She is also the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee. With David Wolfson, she is the author of a trilogy of articles on farmed animals and the law: “Foxes in the Henhouse: Animals Agribusiness and the Law, A Modern American Fable” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions; “What’s Good for the Goose… The Supreme Court of Israel, Foie Gras, and the Future of Farmed Animals in the United States,” in the 2007 volume of the Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems; and “If it Looks Like a Duck: New Jersey, The Regulation of Common Farming Practices, and the Meaning of ‘Humane,’” in Animal Law and the Courts. Mariann is also the author of “The Animal Welfare Act: What’s That?” which was published in the New York State Bar Association Journal. She has spoken at numerous conferences and animal law related events throughout the country, and internationally. Mariann has served on the board of directors of Farm Sanctuary and The Animals Agenda, and currently serves on the board of Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Welfare Advocacy. She was a visiting professor of animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies in the Fall 2012 semester, and is a former adjunct professor of animal law at NYU Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and Cardozo Law School. Mariann is the cohost of the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast, and is the host of the Animal Law Podcast. Email her at mariann [at] ourhenhouse [dot] org.

—Employees—
Ben Braman

Ben Braman

Webmaster "Tech Guy"

Ben Braman is a vegan activist living in Tucson, AZ. At a young age, he became enthralled with computer programming and the early Internet, which inspired a self-taught career in web development. Ben’s first vegan advocacy web project, VeganFeed.com, showcases vegan media as it is published. Ben’s latest passion project, VeganJobs.com, has become a popular vegan employment hub. In addition to his online advocacy, Ben is an event organizer for the Tucson Vegetarian & Vegan Meetup group, a passionate and growing assemblage of hundreds of members, as well as founding the Vegan Tucson Meetup and the Newport, RI Vegan Meetup Group. Ben has organized and promoted a number of free vegan movie screenings at Tucson’s Loft Cinema, at times maxing out  the 500 seat theater with a majority non-vegan audience. Ben has also helped organize vegan speaking events and festivals in Tucson and California. In his spare time, Ben enjoys going on adventure trail-runs with his dog, talking to new vegans and the vegan curious, often pointing them to podcasts, blogs and videos, such as the ones created at Our Hen House.

Laurie Johnston

Laurie Johnston

Graphic Design Consultant

Laurie Johnston is one half of the eco-friendly design duo Two Trick Pony. As Co-Pony, Laurie’s day is filled with all sorts of adventures – like designing new greeting cards for obscure occasions (like “Happy Veganversary”), screen-printing said cards by hand, and playing fetch with her studio buddy Wally, the rescued Schnoodle. At a young age, Laurie began her road to animal activism with her love of animals – stuffed animals, that is. It probably came as no surprise to her parents that she stopped eating animals once she made the connection between Lamby, her childhood stuffed toy, and the meat on her plate. Fast forward a few decades, and she has found a way to use her creative skills and art school degree to help animals, both with her volunteer work for Our Hen House, as well as other animal organizations near her home in Central Massachusetts. Laurieshares her home with her husband Jake (aka “Mr. Pony”), Wally, and a few old cuddly friends (like Lamby).

Jocelyn Martinez

Jocelyn Martinez

Production Assistant

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jocelyn Martinez (Production Assistant) recently graduated from UCLA, where, during her final year, she learned about factory farming, as well as the detrimental health effects of animal-based products, and their contribution to the climate crisis. She immediately decided that going vegan was the only path towards a healthier, brighter, more compassionate global future. As an undergrad, she devoted herself to La Gente, UCLA’s Latinx newsmagazine, where she documented community stories, worked alongside student journalists, helped foster voices of color, hosted the newsmagazine’s first-ever weekly show on UCLA Radio, and served as editor-in-chief her senior year. When she’s not working with Our Hen House, Jocelyn is an editorial assistant at VegNews Magazine. She enjoys reading, traveling, playing in the ocean, and finding new ways to keep cool, calm, and collected.

Eric Milano

Eric Milano

Sound Technician Consultant

Eric Milano is an Emmy Award nominated sound designer and mixer based in New York City. The films and television he has worked on have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Independent Spirits and a Peabody. They have been featured or won awards at such renowned film festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SXSW and many others. When not attempting to sound super impressive, Eric deeply enjoys being super ordinary. He loves the Our Hen House hens and is very happy to be a part of the flock. You will often find Eric working at his home-based Love Loft Studios with his 3 rescue kitties, 1 rescue wife and 1 mixed breed baby girl not far away

Jen Riley

Jen Riley

Director of Operations

Jen Riley (Director of Operations) is an animal rights activist through and through. She came to Our Hen House after three years serving as Conference Chair for the Animal Rights National Conference, where she worked to bring a vision of equity and belonging while overseeing the smooth functioning of a movement-wide event. She also activated the Conference’s first Program Advisory Committee to seek proper representation of issues, diversity, and inclusiveness. As Managing Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement for many years, Jen cultivated her administrative skills, financial management, and team-building. She currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of Expanded Circle Collective, a team of passionate activists with skills to share with anyone who’s pushing back against oppressive systems and has joined the Redefine Your Mind Project to empower young women in juvenile detention facilities to build confidence in making positive life decisions, speaking their minds, and cultivating compassionate choices. Jen lives in the historic town of Ellicott City, MD, and enjoys being able to work from home in the good company of her adorable rescued pup, Sheba.

Rose Singer Sullivan

Rose Singer Sullivan

Resident Dog

Rose Singer Sullivan is the official dog of Our Hen House. Rose enjoys sitting directly on top of you, french-kissing you without your permission, chomping on carrots and bananas (she is vegan, after all), and making sure that you are fully aware when things are INAPPROPRIATE! Rose is the brains behind Our Hen House and is usually the one to keep the rest of us on track.

—Board of Directors—
Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page

Board of DIrectors

Known as the co-founder and COO of scrappy start-up-turned-global women’s media company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa Camahort Page was with BlogHer from its founding, through its venture fundraising, through exit by acquisition, through letting go. Camahort Page now focuses on writing and consulting with entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and organizations that are driven to take their big ideas to the next level. Her debut book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, was published by Ten Speed Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, on September 18, 2018 and has became the Amazon #1 New Release in Political Advocacy before publication. Her mantra: Innovation+Empathy>Innovation+Efficiency

Rachel Krantz

Rachel Krantz

Board Member

Rachel Krantz is the Senior Media Strategist at Mercy For Animals. She is the namer of Bustle, and one of its three founding editors. She’s the recipient of the Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights International Radio Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Radio Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for her work as an investigative reporter. You can follow her work on Twitter @rachelkrantz.

Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer

Co-host and Co-founder