Part I: Amy Jean Davis, LA Animal Save
Amy Jean Davis is an animal rights advocate, Spokesperson for the Save Movement, and the Founder of LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of the global Save Movement.
Davis graduated Purdue University in 2004. After having become vegan in 2002, she started an animal sanctuary in the Los Angeles, California area. In 2015, she completed her certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, and in 2016, Amy founded LA Animal Save, which is now the largest chapter of more than 600 Save groups worldwide.
Amy also works with her partner, filmmaker Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS, UNITY), creating films and other media for the animal rights movement. Originally from a small town in Indiana, Amy came to Los Angeles in 2008 as a top 24 Finalist on season 7 of American Idol.
Part II: Laura Reese, Vegan Justice League
Laura Reese’s eighteen-year career in the semiconductor industry was largely spent at Altera Corporation, which is now a division of Intel Corporation. In the product planning department, she directed the customer advisory board (CAB) program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical and electrical engineering with a business minor from the University of Southern California in 1996.
In 2006, she studied personal finance through Boston University and earned a Certified Financial Planning certificate from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. In 2014, Laura founded a charity for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia called RohingyaFund.org.
In 2017, Laura began researching our food system and adopted a vegan lifestyle. Recognizing the destructive environmental damage of the animal agriculture industry, she became an activist within months. By early 2018, she founded a local Anonymous for the Voiceless chapter. A year later, she lobbied Congress to help animal farmers transition to sustainable, non-exploitative businesses. Laura continues to lobby for environmental and animal justice through an organization she co-founded with Connie Spence, called The Vegan Justice League.