Laura leads Compassionate Action for Animals’ efforts to encourage people to cultivate empathy for animals and move toward a plant-based diet. Prior to becoming executive director, Laura frequently enjoyed CAA’s community-building events. She brings experience in nonprofit strategic planning, program development, and program evaluation, as well as fundraising, working toward racial equity, and developing volunteer management systems. Laura also enjoys being outdoors, family time, whole-foods cooking, board games, and reading. You can read a more extensive personal profile of her on our blog.
Before becoming communications coordinator, Emily learned about and connected with CAA’s mission at the Twin Cities Veg Fest and other events around Minneapolis. She has a background in music non-profit work and marketing, bringing to the CAA team her experience in graphic design, video production, music event planning and organization, social media management, website management, and more. When she is not working, Emily enjoys veganizing her childhood recipes for friends and family, exploring Minnesota and its trails, continuing her study of herbalism, and learning how to take care of her aloe plants.
Brita Bengtson, Bookkeeper
Brita has been volunteering with CAA in 2011, taking on the role of Advertising and Media Outreach Coordinator for our first annual Twin Cities Veg Fest. She moved on to be the Social Media Coordinator a couple years later and has coordinated the success of the festival’s Facebook and Instagram pages. When she’s not working with CAA, Brita has a job helping people with disabilities with their daily activities. She also enjoys finding creative ways to make vegan food and has three cats. Brita began her part-time position as Bookkeeper for CAA in January of 2016. Learn more about Brita in this blog post.