lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of the all-volunteer Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for slave-free chocolate and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. When lauren was head of Viva!USA, she was instrumental in investigating factory farms and running consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, lauren was successful in achieving many corporate changes. She also helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She currently serves as Campaign Director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.